Spirituality's Potential Relevance to Physical & Emotional Health: A Brief Review of Quantitative Research

Volume
Volume 31
Issue
Spring 2003
Title
Spirituality's Potential Relevance to Physical & Emotional Health: A Brief Review of Quantitative Research
Abstract

Longitudinal studies of community samples consistently find links between active spiritual/religious involvement and increased chances for living longer, pointing to the relevance of spirituality/religion as a potential health factor. For a large proportion of either medically ill or mental health patients, spirituality/religion may provide coping resources, enhance pain management, improve surgical outcomes, protect against depression, and reduce risk of substance abuse and suicide. However, study findings also show patient spirituality/religion may serve as a source of conflict linked with poorer health outcomes. Whether identifying helps or harms, research elucidates the potential relevance of patients'€™ spirituality/religion, with potential for collaboration with trained chaplains as part of the healthcare team to provide spiritual support or deal with spiritual distress for particular patient needs.

Authors
Dr. D.B. Larson and S.S. Larson
Pages
37 - 51
Price
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