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Surgical Palliative Care$
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Geoffrey P Dunn and Alan G Johnson

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780198510000

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198510000.001.0001

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Spirituality and surgery

Spirituality and surgery

(p.65) Chapter 6 Spirituality and surgery
Surgical Palliative Care

Peter Ravenscroft

Elizabeth Ravenscroft

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the relationship between spirituality and health. Nearly two-thirds of the 1,200 studies on religion and health revealed significant associations between religious activity and lower use of health services or better physical and mental health. Working definitions for religion, spirituality, and psycho-spiritual distress are provided in the first section, which is followed by an overview of the history of spirituality in the clinical setting. Measuring spirituality and religion is also studied, along with the spiritual journey of dying. The chapter then discusses the impact of spirituality and religion on health and their positive and negative aspects. Other topics covered in the chapter are dealing with religion and spirituality in a clinical context; the available religion, spirituality, and health studies in the medical literature; and the management of spirituality and religious issues in a surgical unit.

Keywords:   spirituality, health, psycho-spiritual distress, history of spirituality, spiritual journey, impact of spirituality, religious issues

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