Oxford Textbook of Spirituality in Healthcare

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2014-07-01
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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The relationship between spirituality and healthcare is historical, intellectual and practical, and it has now emerged as a significant field in health research, healthcare policy and clinical practice and training. Understanding health and wellbeing requires addressing spiritual and existential issues, and healthcare is therefore challenged to respond to the ways spirituality is experienced and expressed in illness, suffering, healing and loss. If healthcare has compassionate regard for the humanity of those it serves, it is faced with questions about how it understands and interprets spirituality, what resources it should make available and how these are organised, and the ways in which spirituality shapes and informs the purpose and practice of healthcare? These questions are the basis for this resource, which presents a coherent field of enquiry, discussion and debate that is interdisciplinary, international and vibrant.

There is a growing corpus of articles in medical and healthcare journals on spirituality in addition to a wide range of literature, but there has been no attempt so far to publish a standard text on this subject. Spirituality in Healthcare is an authoritative reference on the subject providing unequalled coverage, critical depth and an integrated source of key topics. Divided into six sections including practice, research, policy and training, the project brings together international contributions from scholars in the field to provide a unique and stimulating resource.

Author Biography

Mark Cobb, Clinical Director and Senior Chaplain, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UK,Christina Puchalski, Professor of Medicine and Health Sciences, The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences Director, The George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health (GWish), USA,Bruce Rumbold, Director, Palliative Care Unit,, Department of Public Health, La Trobe University, Australia

Mark Cobb is a Senior Chaplain and a Clinical Director at the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and holds honorary academic posts at the University of Sheffield and the University of Liverpool. He has a multidisciplinary education across science and the humanities and has experience working in the community, voluntary and acute health sectors.

Christina M. Puchalski is founding Director of the George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health (GWish) in Washington, D.C. and a Professor of Medicine and Health Sciences at The George Washington University. Dr. Puchalski is a pioneer and leader in the movement to integrate spirituality into healthcare in both the clinical setting and in medical education. Her work continues to break ground in the clinical, academic, and pastoral understanding of spiritual care as an essential element of healthcare. She is an active clinician, board certified in Internal Medicine and Palliative Care. Her accolades include the 2009 George Washington University Distinguished Alumni Award and 2011 Outstanding Colleague Award from the National Association of Catholic Chaplains. She is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and is also a member of the contemplative Carmelite lay community. Dr. Puchalski has authored many publications and been featured in numerous print and television media.

Bruce Rumbold is Director of the Palliative Care Unit at La Trobe University, where his responsibilities include coordinating health promoting palliative care and spiritual care academic programs alongside developing public health approaches to end of life care. His multidisciplinary interests are supported by postgraduate qualifications in physics, practical theology and health social science. Prior to joining La Trobe he was from 1986-2002 foundation professor of pastoral studies at Whitley College, an affiliated teaching institution of the Melbourne College of Divinity. Social determinants of end of life experience, and spiritual care, are the particular focus of his current wor

Table of Contents

Forward, Edmund Pellegrino
Preface, Mark Cobb, Christina Puchalski and Bruce Rumbold
I Traditions
1. Medicine and Religion: A historical perspective, Gary B Ferngren
2. Buddhism: Perspectives for the contemporary world, Kathleen Gregory
3. Chinese Religion: Taoism, Russell Kirkland
4. Christianity, Alister E McGrath
5. Feminist Spirituality, Susan A Ross
6. Indian Religion and the Ayurvedic Tradition, Prakash N Desai
7. . The Western Humanist Tradition, Stan van Hooft
8. Indigenous Spiritualties, Graham Harvey
9. Islam, Abdulaziz Sachedina
10. Judaism, Dan Cohn-Sherbok
11. 'New Age' Spirituality, Paul Heelas
12. Philosophy, Graham Oppy
13. Secularism, Trevor Stammers and Stephen Bullivant
14. Sikhism, Eleanor Nesbitt
II Concepts
15. Healthcare spirituality: A question of knowledge, John Swinton
16. Personhood, Rosalie Hudson
17. Belief, Mark Cobb
18. Hope, Jaklin Eliott
19. Meaning Making, Laurie A Burke and Robert A Neimeyer
20. Compassion: Luxury or Necessity?, Susan Walker and Carol Taylor
21. Dignity: A Novel Path into the Spiritual Landscape of the Human Heart, Harvey Chochinov and Shane Sinclair
22. Cure and Healing, Lodovico Balducci and H. Lee Modditt
23. Suffering, Betty Ferrell and Catherine del Ferraro
24. Ritual, Douglas J Davies
25. Culture and Religion, Peter van der Veer
III Practice
26. Models of Spiritual Care, Bruce Rumbold
27. Healthcare Chaplaincy, Chris Swift, George Handzo and Jeffrey Cohen
28. Complementary, Alternative and Integrative Medicine, Margaret L Stuber and Brandon Horn
29. Restorative Medicine, Christina M Puchalski
30. Nursing, Wilfred McSherry and Linda Ross
31. Faith Community (Parish) Nursing, Anne van Loon
32. Psychiatry and Mental Health Treatment, James L Griffith
33. Social Work, Margaret Holloway
34. Care of Children, Patricia Fosarelli
35. Care of elderly people, Elizabeth MacKinlay
36. Palliative Care, Jacqueline Ellis and Mari Lloyd-Williams
37. Spirituality and the arts: Discovering what really matters, Nigel Hartley
38. Care of the Soul, Michael Kearney and Radhule Weininger
39. Counselling, William West
40. Dignity Conserving Care, Shane Sinclair and Harvey M Chochinov
41. Pastoral Theology in healthcare settings: Blessed irritant for holistic human care, Emmanuel Y Lartey
42. Next Steps for spiritual assessment in healthcare, George Fitchett
IV Research
43. Methodology, David J Hufford
44. Measures, Arndt Bussing
45. On the links between religion and health: What has empirical research taught us?, Hisham Abu-Raiya and Kenneth I Pargament
46. Quality of Life, Bella Vivat
47. Cognitive Sciences: A perspective on spirituality and religious experience, Kevin S Seybold
48. Spiritual Well-Being Scale: Mental and Physical Health Relationships, Raymond F Paloutzian, Rodger K Bufford and Ashley J Wildman
49. Prayer and Meditation, Marek Jantos
50. Resiliency and Coping, Gregory Fricchione and Shamim Nejad
51. Spiritual experience, practice and community, Fiona Gardner
V Policy and Education.
52. Policy, Bruce Rumbold, Christina Puchalski, Mark Cobb
53. Healthcare Organizations: Corporate spirituality, Neil Pembroke
54. Utility and Commissioning of Spiritual Carers, Lindsay B Carey
55. Social Care, Holly Nelson-Becker and Mary Pat Sullivan
56. Curriculum Development, Courses and CPE, Christina Puchalski, Bruce Rumbold, Mark Cobb, Angelike A Zollfrank and Catherine F Garlid
57. Competences in spiritual care education and training, Ewan Kelly
58. Guidance from the Humanities for Professional Formation, Nathan Carlin, Thomas Cole and Henry Strobel
59. Training and Formation: A case study, Fiona Gardner
60. Interdisciplinary teamwork, Peter Speck
61. Ethical Principles for Spiritual Care, Daniel P Sulmasy
VI Challenges
62. Contemporary Spirituality, David Tacey
63. The Future of Religion, Grace Davie and Martyn Percy
64. The Future of Spirituality and Healthcare, Mark Cobb, Bruce Rumbold and Christina Puchalski

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