Spirituality is a largely neglected topic in medical training, and on the rare occasions when it is considered acceptable during patient care, spirituality is regarded as a benign but futile hope at best, and an inappropriate imposition on patients at worst. It is too personal, too easy to get wrong, especially in comparison to the impersonal nature of procedures established and validated through the scientific method. Engaging with spirituality in the secular world of medicine is fraught with peril, even under the gentlest of circumstances. Leave it to the chaplains.
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Bair H. Spirituality in Medical Training—An Agnostic’s Prayer. JAMA Oncol. Published online July 16, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2020.2063
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