Disciplines

Medicine and Health Sciences | Religion

Abstract

Spirituality is a component of healthcare that can have a significant impact on patients’ outcomes and perception of their situation. The integration of spirituality into healthcare is commonly seen as difficult, unnecessary, or irrelevant. As a result, many healthcare professionals neglect to incorporate this component of care into their practice. However, there is a rekindling interest in spirituality with increasing research identifying benefits of spiritual well-being. This paper will discuss the relationship between spirituality and health beliefs and outcomes. It will identify spiritual and religious beliefs from global perspectives including examples from Ghana, Uganda, and Iran and suggest methods to implement appropriate spiritual care in any culture.

Our group with Ann at the Kissi Clinic.JPG (275 kB)
Our group with Ann at the Kissi Clinic

Traditional birth attendant in Ampenyi.JPG (234 kB)
Traditional birth attendant in Ampenyi

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