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Ethical principles for spiritual care 

Ethical principles for spiritual care
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Ethical principles for spiritual care
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Daniel P. Sulmasy

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199571390.003.0062
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date: 17 December 2017

This chapter provides an ethical justification for spiritual care based on the nature of healing and the nature of spirituality rather than patient preferences or healthcare outcomes. Five ethical principles to guide spiritual care are set forth: patient-centredness, holism, discretion, accompaniment, and tolerance. A number of specific ethical issues were then addressed and approaches offered based upon these principles. Good spiritual care will always be ethical, and it is hoped that these considerations will help to shape such care.

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