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Spiritual Issues and Interventions in Mental Health and Aging 

Spiritual Issues and Interventions in Mental Health and Aging
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Spiritual Issues and Interventions in Mental Health and Aging
Author(s):

Sermsak Lolak

, Darlinda K. Minor

, Najmeh Jafari

, and Christina Puchalski

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199380862.003.0017
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date: 28 May 2020

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.

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