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Spiritual and religious care 

Spiritual and religious care
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Spiritual and religious care
Author(s):

Miriam Johnson

, Karen Hogg

, James Beattie

, and Max Watson

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199299300.003.0068
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date: 22 October 2019

The care of any patient must encompass all aspects of that person, including their spiritual concerns. These may relate to an individual’s sense of peace and their belief about the meaning of life. It is likely to be heightened at times of crisis such as facing a life-limiting illness. Spirituality may be found through organized religion – defined as a set of beliefs and practices, usually within a group - or in other ways.

It is helpful to know if the patient has any spiritual or religious beliefs or practices, and how much of a source of strength they are to that individual and therefore how they might help him or her during their remaining life.

End of life issues can challenge a patient’s beliefs or religious values resulting in high levels of spiritual distress which need to be recognised and addressed a part of good care.

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