Spirituality/Medicine Interface Project
Physician's Perspective Combining Spirituality and Medicine: One Physician's Approach
AbstractAn increasing number of publications in recent years have examined the importance of physicians taking into consideration a patient’s religious or spiritual background in the practice of medicine in an effort to provide more holistic care. Koenig has succinctly described reasons why it is not only reasonable but important for physicians to engage patients on spiritual issues and has proposed some guidelines and caveats for doing so.1 Curlin and Hall have recently proposed that a new “ethic of friendship, marked by wisdom, candor, and respect” be applied in physician-patient encounters when it comes to the discussion of religion and spirituality.2 In this commentary I will describe how I integrate spirituality into the daily practice of internal medicine.
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