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Spirituality in Patient Care: Why, How, When, and Whatby Harold Georg Koenig
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This book is intended as a guide for practicing physicians, medical students, and residents to help identify and address the spiritual needs of patients. Those who will benefit most will be physicians who wish to know how to integrate spirituality into clinical practice in an effective and sensitive manner. Other professionals, such as nurses and chaplains, may use this book as they interact with doctors, other health professionals, and hospital administrators.
Emerging research demonstrates the effect of spiritual beliefs on health and well-being. Increasing information points to the necessity of performing a spiritual profile on a patient — in addition to a physical assessment — to provide the optimum plan for healing. Spirituality in Patient Care is intended as a guide for physicians and other healthcare professionals to help identify and address the spiritual needs of their patients.
The book outlines several points, including:
-- Why include spirituality in patient care?
-- How does a physician identify spiritual needs?
-- When does a physician provide spiritual support?
-- What is the impact that physician involvement in this area can have on the patient's ability to cope with illness?
-- Are there times when spiritual beliefs can actually interfere with medical care?
Increasing information points to the necessity of performing a spiritual profile on a patient--in addition to a physical assessment--to provide the optimum plan for healing. Spirituality in Patient Care is intended as a guide for healthcare professionals to help identify and address the spiritual needs of their patients.
About the Author
Harold G. Koenig, MD, is board certified in general psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, and geriatric medicine. He is on the faculty at Duke as professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and associate professor of medicine. Dr. Koenig is Director of Duke’s Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health and has published extensively in the fields of mental health, geriatrics, and religion, with over 350 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and close to 40 books in print or in preparation. He is also a registered nurse.
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