Oxford Textbook of Spirituality in Healthcare

Oxford Textbook of Spirituality in Healthcare

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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 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.
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  • Hardback | 512 pages
  • 226 x 282 x 32mm | 1,560.35g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • 22 line drawings and halftones
  • 0199571392
  • 9780199571390
  • 336,668

About Mark R. Cobb

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
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The three editors have produced a carefully organised and thorough overview of the field. * Peter Collins, Journal of Contemporary Religion * This book is an essential tool for students, professionals and researchers. Despite being divided into several chapters, each is clear, systematic, didactic and relatively brief... It is an essential handbook about an emerging theme and current, which has been developed in the research, the results have tended to emphasize its importance in the life and health of patients, as well as the ethical imperative to be included in clinical practice. * Journal of Nursing, August 2013 * Inclusive of worldwide spiritual traditions, and addressing diverse diagnostic groups, the book is useful to practitioners and students in different international settings. It also addresses research issues, including measures, making the book a helpful resource for those interested in examining the relationship of spirituality and health. The editors bring a broad healthcare perspective from Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Many chapter authors
are the experts in their fields... By offering several broad perspectives, the book engages readers in thoughtfully developing personal responses while learning to address patients' needs as part of a healthcare team. * Doody's Notes, July 2013 * Editors Cobb, Puchalski and Rumbold along with 78 highly qualified collegues around the globe have produced a concise and currently peerless representation of spirituality and health as an integral part of clinical practice and as an emerging field for interdisciplinary research. This is an even better point of entry into the field than the recently revised and highly reliable Handbook of Religion and Health by H. Koenig, D. King and V. Carson, which is an essential
volume for specialists... this is a landmark volume that merits a place in any health sciences or religious studies library collection... Essential. Students of all levels, researchers/faculty, and professionals/practitioners. * CHOICE, April 2013 * ...an integrated and valuable source on the key topics in spirituality in healthcare. * Catholic Medical Quartely, Feb 2013 * This is a book for a wide range of disciplines. Its users in health care chaplaincy could include individual chaplains who wish to deepen their understanding, broaden their practice and bolster their legitimacy. Chaplaincy teams could use it like a journal club, taking a chapter per month and discussing it. Chaplaincy training courses could quarry the topics and texts for curriculum development. Unfortunately, and inevitably, this big book comes with a big price-tag:
GBP125 RRP (that's Recommended Retail Price). Yet, in its own words, it is a 'unique resource' - there is nothing else like it out there. Speak nicely to your budget-holder; beg your health care sciences library to purchase a copy; blow your last instalment of RRP (that's Recruitment and Retention
Premium). Go get. * Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy, Feb 2013 * This book is a MUST read for every professional in Healthcare. Spirituality in Healthcare brings a fresh new perspective to the subject. Almost every aspect of spirituality is covered in this book. Seen through the eyes of hundreds of main stream science and medical contributors (The contribution lists reads like a who's who of the world medical and science based communities) this book looks at the history, development and application of every main stream
faith, religion, cultural and even political based beliefs. * WLS Support Blog *
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Table of contents

Forward ; Preface ; 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
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