When medicine and religion do not mix: Overlooking or misunderstanding the religious and spiritual beliefs of patients can present significant obstacles to cancer care.
Cancer. 2017 Nov;125(11):813-814
Authors: Nelson B
PMID: 29136359 [PubMed - in process]
The Religiosity and Spiritual Beliefs and Practices of Clinical Social Workers: A National Survey.
Soc Work. 2017 Nov 09;:1-9
Authors: Oxhandler HK, Polson EC, Achenbaum WA
This article describes the religious and spiritual beliefs and practices among a national sample of 426 licensed clinical social workers (LCSWs). Given the significant role LCSWs' intrinsic religiosity plays in whether or not they consider clients' religion and spirituality (RS) as it relates to practice, it is critical that the profession best understands current LCSWs' religious and spiritual beliefs, and in what ways these mirror or contrast those of the clients whom they serve. Findings from this secondary analysis of a recent national survey suggest that compared with the general U.S. population, fewer LCSWs self-identify as Protestant or Catholic, fewer engage in frequent prayer, and fewer self-identify as religious. However, more LCSWs engage in meditation and consider themselves to be spiritual. Although it appears that RS is an important area in both LCSWs' and clients' lives, the beliefs, practices, and degree of importance with either differ. This article addresses implications for practice and education, as identifying such differing views calls on the profession to strengthen its training surrounding LCSWs' self-awareness of their RS beliefs and recognizing that their clients may not hold similar beliefs or engage in similar practices.
PMID: 29136245 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
A Concept Analysis of Spiritual Health.
J Relig Health. 2017 Nov 13;:
Authors: Sadat Hoseini AS, Razaghi N, Khosro Panah AH, Dehghan Nayeri N
Spiritual health is an important dimension of health and forms part of a comprehensive care. This study was conducted to redefine and clarify the components of spiritual health based on different worldviews through Walker and Avant's concept analysis method. Being given a life and a soul and having beliefs are the antecedents of spiritual health. The attributes of this concept include a morality-oriented intellectual connectedness with the self, others, and the universe guided by a connection with the Transcendent and Superior being in order to create meaning in life and find its purpose in the context of culture and religion; transcendence is ultimately the consequence of spiritual heath. Using the attributes appeared in this conceptual analysis, nurses can evaluate the spiritual health of their clients and help them create positive outcome by providing appropriate interventions.
PMID: 29134438 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]