For centuries, physicians and other healers have witnessed how illness focuses attention on “ultimate meaning, purpose, and transcendence, and … relationship to self, family, others, community, society, nature, and the significant or sacred.”1 Patients often discover strength and solace in their spirituality, both informally through deeper connections with family and friends, and formally through religious communities and practices. However, modern day clinicians regularly overlook dimensions of spirituality when considering the health of others—or even themselves.
VanderWeele TJ, Balboni TA, Koh HK. Health and Spirituality. JAMA. 2017;318(6):519–520. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.8136
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