Spirituality as a Means of Healthcare

While it’s easy to understand why men of science may not attempt spiritual or religious means of healing when consulting a sick patient, there is something to be said for spirituality as a means of healthcare. Whether it be a source of comfort at the end of life or a channel for hope while fighting for better health, patients can take much solace in spirituality. Recently, the Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Science published an article discussing spirituality’s role in the aging community. As it’s difficult for physicians to provide types of care they were never trained in, spirituality can be a tricky subject for them in terms of patient care. Not too long ago, Annals of Long-Term Care highlighted a few tips for physicians offering spiritual care. Spirituality can be a special and necessary thing for a patient, so as a physician, it’s your responsibility to learn as much as you can so you can provide the best, most complete care possible.

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