Two Great Resources for Spirituality & Patient Care

Ever want to talk with patients about things that matter, but wonder if it’s OK? Or, how to do it? Dr. Bob Snyder, who teaches people how to do this internationally, recommends Harold Koenig’s “Spirituality in Patient Care (2nd ed.)” and Graham McCall’s “At A Given Moment” (published by Christian Medical Fellowship – UK) as two great resources.

The description of Dr. Koenig’s work is especially intriguing not only in content, but also because it includes a very practical curriculum you can work through to make it personal:

“This landmark handbook for health professionals interested in identifying and addressing the spiritual needs of patients has been significantly revised and expanded. Over the past five years, since the first edition was written, there has been increased research on the relationships among religion, spirituality, and health, and further discussions on the application of these findings to clinical practice. Every section of the book has been rewritten and updated with current research. “I think this version will be my most important contribution to the field of spirituality and health,” says Dr. Koenig. “Every bit of what I know about the integration of spirituality into clinical practice, learned over twenty years, is contained in this book.”

Koenig addresses the whys, hows, whens, and whats of patient-centered integration of spirituality into patient care, including details on the health-related sacred traditions for each major religious group. He provides health care professionals with the training necessary to screen patients sensitively and competently for spiritual needs, begin to communicate with patients about these issues, and learn when to refer patients to trained spiritual-care professionals who can competently address spiritual needs. New sections specifically address mental-health professionals, nurses, chaplains and pastoral counselors, social workers, and occupational and physical therapists. A ten-session model course curriculum on spirituality and health care for medical students and residents is provided, with suggestions on how to adapt it for the training of nurses, social workers, and rehabilitation specialists.”

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About Bryan Stoudt

On my personal website (bryanstoudt.com), I help Christians follow Jesus in a noisy, broken world. I also have the privilege of helping Philadelphia's healthcare students and professionals do this as Area Director for the Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA). More information at cmdaphiladelphia.org. On a personal note, I'm fortunate to be married to my wonderful wife, Sharon. Together, we have four fantastic children. In my spare time, I enjoy roasting coffee, running, reading and learning foreign languages.
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