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The Essential Guide to Religious Traditions and Spirituality for Health Care Providers

THIS BOOK is a user-friendly resource for healthcare professionals. The smaller introductory sections include an in depth rationale for the book, advice on how to use it and an overview of spirituality, religion and culture. It successfully clarifies the differences between spirituality and religion, and highlights how health often goes hand in hand with both concepts.

The historical and present day analysis of the relationship between healthcare and spirituality leads the way to a discussion into its relevance in todays high-tech clinical setting. It is concluded that spiritual well-being remains more than ever a vital element of holistic care.

Perhaps the most practical and useful section is that on the assessment and application of spiritual care in the clinical setting. Real life examples of ‘spiritual crisis’ are provided as well as suggestions for offering spiritual support and guidance. Models of spiritual assessment act as a framework to explore various themes with the patient, and link theory to practice in a tangible way.

The main body of the work acts as an A-Z compendium of popular faiths covering a brief history and summary of overarching beliefs and practices, specific medical issues, dietary issues, gender and personal issues through cycles of birth, life, dying and death, readings and

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The historical and present day analysis of the relationship between healthcare and spirituality leads the way to a discussion into its relevance in todays high-tech clinical setting. It is concluded that spiritual well-being remains more than ever a vital element of holistic care.

Perhaps the most practical and useful section is that on the assessment and application of spiritual care in the clinical setting. Real life examples of ‘spiritual crisis’ are provided as well as suggestions for offering spiritual support and guidance. Models of spiritual assessment act as a framework to explore various themes with the patient, and link theory to practice in a tangible way.

The main body of the work acts as an A-Z compendium of popular faiths covering a brief history and summary of overarching beliefs and practices, specific medical issues, dietary issues, gender and personal issues through cycles of birth, life, dying and death, readings and prayers and care of body and tissue donation.

Overall the book makes a positive contribution and would be a helpful resource for any ward area, but the themes on non-religious spirituality in health care could be expanded on.

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