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Religion and Spirituality in Pediatrics 

Religion and Spirituality in Pediatrics
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Religion and Spirituality in Pediatrics
Author(s):

Sarah Jean Barton

, Lucy Selman

, Gary Maslow

, and Raymond Barfield

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190272432.003.0003
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date: 30 May 2020

This chapter responds to the sparse attention paid to the connections between religion, spirituality, and pediatric quality of life in healthcare settings. Key points of spiritual distress in the context of pediatrics, including intensive care settings, diagnostic meetings, and oncology, are explored. In order to envision a robust embrace of religious and spiritual issues in pediatric care, this chapter analyzes core themes from the perspectives of caregivers and clinicians. Building on these themes as well as current best practices from the literature, this chapter proposes an expanded vision and accompanying concrete practices to improve attention to and integration of religion and spirituality in pediatric care. The chapter concludes that an expansion of creative engagement with the religious and spiritual components of pediatric healthcare would foster more interdisciplinary, holistic practices of care.

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