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ss triple helix - spring/summer 2007,  Integrating Spirituality in Health and Social Care - Perspectives and Practical Approaches (Book Review)

Integrating Spirituality in Health and Social Care - Perspectives and Practical Approaches (Book Review)

Integrating Spirituality in Health and Social Care - Perspectives and Practical Approaches - Peter Speck and Wendy Greenstreet (ed) - Radcliffe Publishing 2006 - £21.95 Pb 177pp - ISBN 1 85775 6460

This book, comprising four sections, gives an excellent overview of what is understood by 'spirituality' and 'spiritual care' in the UK NHS.

The first section explores published literature to help us understand what is meant by 'spirituality' in the context of health care provision. I felt comfortable with the authors' interpretation of spiritual care as a part of multi-dimensional care. The second section is practice focused: Greenstreet suggests that spiritual care is largely delivered throughout a covenantal doctorpatient relationship. The third section attempts to make existentialist philosophy accessible to practising professionals. Care that is sensitive to religious and cultural diversity is acknowledged as important. Diet, physical examination and specific cultural and religious terminal care requirements are discussed. The final section illustrates innovative ways of supporting spiritual care, such as biographical techniques and art therapy.

This book prompts you to consider how you could identify spiritual needs and provide better spiritual support to your patients, which may of course give you opportunities to tell of your own faith and why you care as you do.


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