Monday, July 13, 2015

Spirituality in patient care

While doctors are usually very good at taking care of a patient’s physical needs , we usually neglect to minister to our patient’s desire for spiritual comfort. This is a deficiency we urgently need to rectify, because a patient’s spiritual health can have a significant impact on how they cope with their illness. The idea that spirituality can help to heal is very old, and traditional cultures have always relied on medicine men, witch doctors and shamans to use spiritual interventions in order to cure illnesses, often with remarkable results. After all, it is through both the channels of medicine and religion that humans have grappled  with the common issues of suffering, despair, and death , when confronted with an illness.

Here's what doctors can do to , in order to respect the patient's spiritual beliefs

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