Show Summary Details
Page of

Spiritual Issues and Interventions in Mental Health and Aging 

Spiritual Issues and Interventions in Mental Health and Aging
Spiritual Issues and Interventions in Mental Health and Aging

Sermsak Lolak

, Darlinda K. Minor

, Najmeh Jafari

, and Christina Puchalski

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD MEDICINE ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Medicine Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 28 November 2021

Spirituality is a dynamic dimension of human life, and is expressed through beliefs, values, traditions, and practices. Since the turn of the last century, evidence suggests that spirituality is associated with positive health outcomes and quality of life and that it protects against despair at the end of life. Taking a good spiritual history and engaging patients in a discussion about spiritual issues are important first steps that clinicians can take. Despite this, high-quality clinical trials on spiritual interventions are still scarce. This chapter explores how to recognize and address spiritual issues in mental health and aging; in addition, it outlines and critically evaluates the available evidence of spiritual interventions in clinical settings, particularly in the mental health and aging populations.

Access to the complete content on Oxford Medicine Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.