Oxford Textbook of Spirituality in Healthcare

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-10-01
  • 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 is a Senior Chaplain and a Clinical Director at the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UK) 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 Puchalski, MD, MS, FACP, is the 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. She developed the FICA spiritual assessment tool, used around the world. Her work continues to break ground in the clinical, academic, and pastoral understanding of spiritual care as an essential element of healthcare.
Her many 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 a member of Alpha Omega Alpha (A?A) medical honor society and the Secular Discalced Carmelites, a contemplative lay order. 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, Melbourne, 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 foci of his current work.

Table of Contents

Section I: Traditions
1. Medicine and religion: A historical perspective, Gary B. Ferngren
2. Buddhism and health: Perspectives for the contemporary world, Kathleen Gregory
3. Chinese religion: Taoism, Russell Kirkland
4. Christianity, Alister E. McGrath
5. Feminist spirituality and health care, Susan A. Ross
6. The Hindu tradition: Health and belief, Prakash Desai
7. . The western humanist tradition and spirituality, Stan van Hooft
8. Indigenous spiritualties, Graham Harvey
9. Islam, healthcare, and spirituality, Abdulaziz Sachedina
10. Judaism and health care, Dan Cohn-Sherbok
11. 'New Age' spirituality as traditions in healthcare, Paul Heelas
12. Philosophy, Graham Oppy
13. Secularism, Trevor Stammers and Stephen Bullivant
14. Sikhism, Eleanor Nesbitt
15. Healthcare spirituality: A question of knowledge, John Swinton
Section II: Concepts
16. Personhood, Rosalie Hudson
17. Belief, Mark Cobb
18. Hope, Jaklin Eliott
19. Spirituality and health: Meaning making in bereavement, Laurie A. Burke and Robert A. Neimeyer
20. Compassion and healthcare: 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
23. Suffering, Ferrell and Catherine Del Ferraro
24. Ritual, Douglas J. Davies
25. Culture and Religion, Peter van der Veer
Section III: Practice
26. Models of spiritual care, Bruce Rumbold
27. Healthcare chaplaincy and spirituality, Chris Swift, George Handzo and Jeffrey Cohen
28. Spirituality and complementary, alternative and integrative medicine, Margaret L. Stuber and Brandon Horn
29. Restorative medicine: Integrating spirituality into healthcare, Christina M. Puchalski
30. Nursing, Wilfred McSherry and Linda Ross
31. Faith community nursing, Antonia M. van Loon
32. Spirituality in psychiatry and mental health treatment, James L. Griffith
33. Social work and spirituality in healthcare, Margaret Holloway
34. Pediatrics, Patricia Fosarelli
35. Spiritual care of elderly people, Elizabeth MacKinlay
36. The practice of spirituality in palliative care, Lloyd-Williams and Jackie Crowther
37. Spirituality and the arts -discovering what really matters, Nigel Hartley
38. Facing fear through primary care of the soul, Michael Kearney and Radhule Weininger
39. Counselling, William West
40. Dignity conserving care: Research evidence, Shane Sinclair and Harvey M Chochinov
41. Pastoral theology in health care settings: Blessed irritant for holistic human care, Emmanuel Y. Lartey
42. Spiritual assessment in health care: An assessment, George Fitchett
Section IV: Research
43. Research methodology in spirituality and healthcare, David Hufford
44. Measures of spirituality in health care, Arndt Bussing
45. On the links between religion and health: What has empirical research taught us?, Hisham Abu-Raiya and Kenneth I. Pargament
46. What does spirituality have to do with quality of life, Bella Vivat
47. Cognitive Science/Neuroscience, Kevin 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
52. Spiritual care policy, Bruce Rumbold, Mark Cobb and Christina Puchalski
Section V: Policy
53. Healthcare organizations: Corporate spirituality, Neil Pembroke
54. Utility and commissioning of spiritual carers, Lindsay B. Carey
55. Social care and spirituality, Holly Nelson-Becker and Mary Pat Sullivan
56. Curriculum development in spirituality and health, Christina Puchalski, Mark Cobb, Bruce Rumbold, Angelike Zollfrank and Catherine Garlid
57. Competences in spiritual care education and training, Ewan Kelly
58. The souls of medical students: Guidance from the humanities for professional formation, Nathan Carlin, Thomas Cole and Henry Strobel
59. Training and formation: A critically reflective approach, Fiona Gardner
60. Interdisciplinary teamwork, Peter Speck
61. Ethical principles for spiritual care, Daniel P Sulmasy
Section 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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