The Spiritual Challenge of Health Care

  • ID: 3685026
  • Book
  • 188 Pages
  • Elsevier Health Science
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The spiritual dimension of healthcare, while recognised as important, is often based upon intuition and conventional religion. The lack of a clear conceptual framework, general uncertainty and limited training opportunities,have resulted in a neglect of this aspect of care. This book arises from a highly successful annual national conference staged by the editors, but it is not a set of conference proceedings. written for nurses and other professionals who value the human relationship side of care and who want to deal with those dimensions of people which cannot be accounted for empirically. Drawing from a number of traditions, it argues that medicine must be both science and art, because science by itself is inadequate to the task.

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Introduction. Spiritual Care, Health Care, What's the Difference?. The Meaning of Spirituality in Illness. Faith as the Space Between". Spirituality and Culture. Faith and Belief. A Sociological Perspective. Assessing Spritiual Needs. Spirituality in Care. The Notion of Spiritual Care in Professional Practice. The Nurse's Role in Spiritual Care. Spirituality and the Scientific Mind. A Dilemma for Doctors. Spirituality and Sexuality in a Time of AIDS. Is There a Tradition of Spiritual Care?. Spiritual Values in a Secular Age.
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Cobb, Mark Senior Chaplain, Center Sheffield University Hospitals, Sheffield, UK.

Robshaw, Vanessa Sister, Department of Genito-Urinary Medicine, Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, Derby, UK.
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