A recent Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) article summarises evidence for the view that patients’ spiritual and religious views have been long neglected in mainstream medical literature and practice. It is suggested a greater focus on spirituality could become a central component of person-centered care, thereby re-aligning medicine with the World Health Organization’s definition of health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being; not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”.
“Clinicians might also benefit from attending to their own spiritual health. Pressing professional issues related to burnout, avoidable medical errors, attrition, and higher suicide rates among physicians than among the general population are of increasing concern”.
VanderWeele, TJ. Balboni, TA. [and] Koh, HK. (2017). Health and spirituality. Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). July 27th 2017. [Epub ahead of print].