The relationship between spirituality and healthcare is historical, intellectual and practical, and it has now emerged as a significant field in health research, healthcare policy and clinical practice and training. Understanding health and wellbeing requires addressing spiritual and existential issues, and healthcare is therefore challenged to respond to the ways spirituality is experienced and expressed in illness, suffering, healing and loss. If healthcare has
compassionate regard for the humanity of those it serves, it is faced with questions about how it understands and interprets spirituality, what resources it should make available and how these are organised, and the ways in which spirituality shapes and informs the purpose and practice of healthcare?
These questions are the basis for this resource, which presents a coherent field of enquiry, discussion and debate that is interdisciplinary, international and vibrant.
There is a growing corpus of articles in medical and healthcare journals on spirituality in addition to a wide range of literature, but there has been no attempt so far to publish a standard text on this subject. Spirituality in Healthcare is an authoritative reference on the subject providing unequalled coverage, critical depth and an integrated source of key topics. Divided into six sections including practice, research, policy and training, the project brings together international
contributions from scholars in the field to provide a unique and stimulating resource.
Mark Cobb is a Senior Chaplain and a Clinical Director at the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and holds honorary academic posts at the University of Sheffield and the University of Liverpool. He has a multidisciplinary education across science and the humanities and has experience working in the community, voluntary and acute health sectors. Christina M. Puchalski is founding Director of the George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health (GWish) in Washington, D.C. and a Professor of Medicine and Health Sciences at The George Washington University. Dr. Puchalski is a pioneer and leader in the movement to integrate spirituality into healthcare in both the clinical setting and in medical education. Her work continues to break ground in the clinical, academic, and pastoral understanding of spiritual care as an essential element of healthcare. She is an active clinician, board certified in Internal Medicine and Palliative Care. Her accolades include the 2009 George Washington University Distinguished Alumni Award and 2011 Outstanding Colleague Award from the National Association of Catholic Chaplains. She is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and is also a member of the contemplative Carmelite lay community. Dr. Puchalski has authored many publications and been featured in numerous print and television media. Bruce Rumbold is Director of the Palliative Care Unit at La Trobe University, where his responsibilities include coordinating health promoting palliative care and spiritual care academic programs alongside developing public health approaches to end of life care. His multidisciplinary interests are supported by postgraduate qualifications in physics, practical theology and health social science. Prior to joining La Trobe he was from 1986-2002 foundation professor of pastoral studies at Whitley College, an affiliated teaching institution of the Melbourne College of Divinity. Social determinants of end of life experience, and spiritual care, are the particular focus of his current wor
Forward ; Preface ; I Traditions ; 1. Medicine and Religion: A historical perspective ; 2. Buddhism: Perspectives for the contemporary world ; 3. Chinese Religion: Taoism ; 4. Christianity ; 5. Feminist Spirituality ; 6. Indian Religion and the Ayurvedic Tradition ; 7. . The Western Humanist Tradition ; 8. Indigenous Spiritualties ; 9. Islam ; 10. Judaism ; 11. 'New Age' Spirituality ; 12. Philosophy ; 13. Secularism ; 14. Sikhism ; II Concepts ; 15. Healthcare spirituality: A question of knowledge ; 16. Personhood ; 17. Belief ; 18. Hope ; 19. Meaning Making ; 20. Compassion: Luxury or Necessity? ; 21. Dignity: A Novel Path into the Spiritual Landscape of the Human Heart ; 22. Cure and Healing ; 23. Suffering ; 24. Ritual ; 25. Culture and Religion ; III Practice ; 26. Models of Spiritual Care ; 27. Healthcare Chaplaincy ; 28. Complementary, Alternative and Integrative Medicine ; 29. Restorative Medicine ; 30. Nursing ; 31. Faith Community (Parish) Nursing ; 32. Psychiatry and Mental Health Treatment ; 33. Social Work ; 34. Care of Children ; 35. Care of elderly people ; 36. Palliative Care ; 37. Spirituality and the arts: Discovering what really matters ; 38. Care of the Soul ; 39. Counselling ; 40. Dignity Conserving Care ; 41. Pastoral Theology in healthcare settings: Blessed irritant for holistic human care ; 42. Next Steps for spiritual assessment in healthcare ; IV Research ; 43. Methodology ; 44. Measures ; 45. On the links between religion and health: What has empirical research taught us? ; 46. Quality of Life ; 47. Cognitive Sciences: A perspective on spirituality and religious experience ; 48. Spiritual Well-Being Scale: Mental and Physical Health Relationships ; 49. Prayer and Meditation ; 50. Resiliency and Coping ; 51. Spiritual experience, practice and community ; 52. Policy ; 53. Healthcare Organizations: Corporate spirituality ; 54. Utility and Commissioning of Spiritual Carers ; 55. Social Care ; 56. Curriculum Development, Courses and CPE ; 57. Competences in spiritual care education and training ; 58. Guidance from the Humanities for Professional Formation ; 59. Training and Formation: A case study ; 60. Interdisciplinary teamwork ; 61. Ethical Principles for Spiritual Care ; VI Challenges ; 62. Contemporary Spirituality ; 63. The Future of Religion ; 64. The Future of Spirituality and Healthcare