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Spirituality, Health, and Wholeness
An Introductory Guide for Health Care Professionals

ISBN 9780789014979
Published August 18, 2004 by Routledge
196 Pages

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Book Description

Learn to respond effectively and appropriately to spiritual needs in a health care setting

Spirituality, Health, and Wholeness: An Introductory Guide for Health Care Professionals explores the principles of spiritual care as applied to clinical practice. This book focuses specifically on the significance of spirituality in clinical settings with practical suggestions on how to apply these principles in the healing process. With chapters that begin with clear objectives and end with guided questions, this valuable textbook provides a framework that will aid health care facilities in addressing spiritual needs in a clinical setting and help faculty in mentoring students in the field.

This practical guide will help you learn when and how to address spiritual issues in health care with patients for whom illness creates a crisis of faith as well as those for whom it provides support. Spirituality, Health, and Wholeness highlights not only the importance of health care professionals in providing emotional, mental, and spiritual care, but the necessity for them to address their own spirituality as well. The book includes the experiences and case studies of skilled authorities mostly from the Judeo-Christian or Judaic tradition who identify principles that they found to be important in working with patients from a wide diversity of spiritual traditions.

Spirituality, Health, and Wholeness provides you with detailed information on:

  • “Ministryhealing”—a model of wholeness and healing that incorporates an integrated view of humanity through the four domains: spiritual, emotional, physical, and social
  • the physiological impacts of humor and hope on mood, the neuroendocrine hormones, and the immune system
  • spiritual coping with trauma—an overview of the research literature and how to address the spiritual coping needs and concerns of patients
  • the role of faith in providing meaning to physical illness and the importance of the role of the health care professional in first understanding, and then assisting the patient in their struggle to find meaning
  • the key components of spiritual care to increase the efficacy of spiritual caregivers
  • the bereavement process with regard to religious, cultural, and gender variations, and the role of the healthcare professional in providing support
This book shows you not only how to meet the spiritual needs of patients from a diversity of faith traditions, but how to overcome challenges to your own spirituality, such as “difficult” patients and patients whose cultural outlook is so different from your own it causes discomfort. Spirituality, Health, and Wholeness will help all health care professionals who want to bring spirituality into their medical, dental, nursing, occupational therapy, or physical therapy practice.

Table of Contents

  • About the Editors
  • Contributors
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction: The Resurgence of Interest in Spirituality and Health
  • Chapter 1. Toward a Theology of Healing of Wholeness: A Tentative Model for Whole Person Care (Richard Rice)
  • Objectives
  • Introduction
  • Ministryhealing in the Life of Jesus
  • Ministryhealing in Our Lives
  • Guided Questions
  • Chapter 2. Mind, Body, Spirit: Exploring the Mind, Body, and Spirit Connection Through Research on Mirthful Laughter (Lee S. Berk)
  • Objectives
  • Introduction
  • Background of the Studies
  • Humor and the Neuroendocrine and Immune Systems
  • Research Findings
  • Anticipation of Positive Humor/Mirthful Laughter Experiences: A Metaphor for the Spirit of Hope
  • Conclusion
  • Guided Questions
  • Chapter 3. Spirituality and Coping with Trauma (Brenda Cole, Ethan Benore, and Kenneth Pargament)
  • Objectives
  • Introduction
  • Definitions
  • The Spirituality and Coping Connection
  • Beyond Stereotypes
  • The Two Faces of Spiritual Coping: Negative and Positive
  • Assessing Spiritual Integration
  • Clinical Implications
  • Conclusion
  • Guided Questions
  • Chapter 4. Faith, Illness, and Meaning (Siroj Sorajjakool and Bryn Seyle)
  • Objectives
  • Introduction
  • Meaning and Illness
  • Faith
  • Faith and Illness
  • Faith, Transformation, and Cancer Patients
  • Spiritual Care
  • Conclusion
  • Guided Questions
  • Chapter 5. Spiritual Care: Basic Principles (James Greek)
  • Objectives
  • Introduction
  • Twelve Suggestions for a Spiritual Visit
  • Summary
  • Guided Questions
  • Chapter 6. Spiritual Care of the Dying and Bereaved (Carla Gober)
  • Objectives
  • Introduction
  • Difficult News
  • The Bereavement Process
  • Religious, Spiritual, and Cultural Issues
  • Follow-Up Care
  • The Medical Professional
  • Guided Questions
  • Chapter 7. Health, Wholeness, and Diversity: Intercultural Engagement in Health Care (Johnny Ramírez-Johnson)
  • Objectives
  • Introduction
  • Diversity in America
  • Racial Discrimination and the American Health Care System
  • Case Studies
  • A Diverse Vision of Wholeness in Health Care
  • Chapter 8. Working with Difficult Patients: Spiritual Care Approaches (Leigh Aveling, Siroj Sorajjakool, and Reginald Pulliam)
  • Objectives
  • Introduction
  • Contexts
  • Spirituality and Difficult Patients
  • Conclusion
  • Guided Questions
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included

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