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Talking about Spirituality in Health Care Practice

Easter 2009

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Talking about Spirituality in Health Care Practice
Gillian White
Jessica Kingsley Publishers 2006
£18.99 ; Pb 175pp
ISBN 978 1 84310 305 9

The author is a dietician with long experience of teamwork in hospital and palliative care. Although mentioning her Anglican background, she writes for a secular readership a secular book pleading strongly for integration of spiritual care in all aspects of healthcare. She differentiates this dimension of reality from faith or religious belief, seeking to alert carers to this general characteristic and need of all people.

Founded on academic research, the book describes her experience of leading numerous small prof-essional teams through their own tentative spiritual explorations, in order to enrich their personal understanding, and thus benefit their clients. She is passionate about the potential benefit for all concerned, detailing the process of these explorations and quoting enthusiastic feedback from colleagues. Repetition might have been replaced by reviewing more current evidence, acknowledging that spiritual care is inherent in primary care and lately in many medical schools, and discussing the restrictions of operating within a 'tick box' NHS.

The book does not seek to tackle any specific Christian concerns, but encourages those daring to start exploring spiritual-ity with their own secular teams.

Article written by John Caroe

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