Spirituality/Medicine Interface Project

Debate Question: Should Physicians Incorporate Spirituality into the Care of Patients? Patients’ Perspective

Authors: Lisa Luster


Eleven years ago my husband, Phillip, was admitted to the hospital with complications of undiagnosed diabetes. Within hours his physician, a fellow church member, informed me that he was critically ill and suggested that I get his affairs in order. He then asked if he could contact our church and add Phillip to the prayer list. A support network was set up not only for Phillip, but also for me and our young children. Prayers, visits, and phone calls came quickly; although not directly involved in Phillip’s care, hospital staff visited us frequently during the long hours spent in the waiting room.

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