Oxford Textbook of Spirituality in Healthcare

ISBN : 9780199571390

Mark R. Cobb; Christina M. Puchalski; Bruce D. Rumbold
512 ページ
223 x 280 mm
Oxford Textbooks in Public Health

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 book that 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 book brings together international contributions from scholars in the field to provide a unique and stimulating resource.


I Traditions
1. Medicine and Religion: A historical perspective
2. Buddhism: Perspectives for the contemporary world
3. Chinese Religion: Taoism
4. Christianity
5. Feminist Spirituality
6. Indian Religion and the Ayurvedic Tradition
7. . The Western Humanist Tradition
8. Indigenous Spiritualties
9. Islam
10. Judaism
11. 'New Age' Spirituality
12. Philosophy
13. Secularism
14. Sikhism
II Concepts
15. Healthcare spirituality: A question of knowledge
16. Personhood
17. Belief
18. Hope
19. Meaning Making
20. Compassion: Luxury or Necessity?
21. Dignity: A Novel Path into the Spiritual Landscape of the Human Heart
22. Cure and Healing
23. Suffering
24. Ritual
25. Culture and Religion
III Practice
26. Models of Spiritual Care
27. Healthcare Chaplaincy
28. Complementary, Alternative and Integrative Medicine
29. Restorative Medicine
30. Nursing
31. Faith Community (Parish) Nursing
32. Psychiatry and Mental Health Treatment
33. Social Work
34. Care of Children
35. Care of elderly people
36. Palliative Care
37. Spirituality and the arts: Discovering what really matters
38. Care of the Soul
39. Counselling
40. Dignity Conserving Care
41. Pastoral Theology in healthcare settings: Blessed irritant for holistic human care
42. Next Steps for spiritual assessment in healthcare
IV Research
43. Methodology
44. Measures
45. On the links between religion and health: What has empirical research taught us?
46. Quality of Life
47. Cognitive Sciences: A perspective on spirituality and religious experience
48. Spiritual Well-Being Scale: Mental and Physical Health Relationships
49. Prayer and Meditation
50. Resiliency and Coping
51. Spiritual experience, practice and community
52. Policy
53. Healthcare Organizations: Corporate spirituality
54. Utility and Commissioning of Spiritual Carers
55. Social Care
56. Curriculum Development, Courses and CPE
57. Competences in spiritual care education and training
58. Guidance from the Humanities for Professional Formation
59. Training and Formation: A case study
60. Interdisciplinary teamwork
61. Ethical Principles for Spiritual Care
VI Challenges
62. Contemporary Spirituality
63. The Future of Religion
64. The Future of Spirituality and Healthcare


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 foci of his current work