Oxford Textbook of Spirituality in Healthcare (Oxford Textbooks in Public Health) 1st Edition PDF ebook Free
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By Mark Cobb (Author), Christina M Puchlaski (Author), Bruce Rumbold (Author)
The relationship between spirituality and healthcare is historical, intellectual and practical, and it has now emerged as a significant field in health research, healthcare policy and clinical practice and training. Understanding health and wellbeing requires addressing spiritual and existential issues, and healthcare is therefore challenged to respond to the ways spirituality is experienced and expressed in illness, suffering, healing and loss.
If healthcare has compassionate regard for the humanity of those it serves it is faced with questions about how it understands and interprets spirituality, what resources it should make available and how these are organised, and the ways in which spirituality shapes and informs the purpose and practice of healthcare? These questions are the basis for this book that presents a coherent field of enquiry, discussion and debate that is interdisciplinary, international and vibrant.
There is a growing corpus of articles in medical and healthcare journals on spirituality in addition to a wide range of literature, but there has been no attempt so far to publish a standard text on this subject. Spirituality in Healthcare is an authoritative reference on the subject providing unequalled coverage, critical depth and an integrated source of key topics. Divided into six sections including practice, research, policy and training, the book brings together international contributions from scholars in the field to provide a unique and stimulating resource.
- Series:Oxford Textbooks in Public Health
- Hardcover:512 pages
- Publisher:Oxford University Press; 1 edition (October 1, 2012)
This is a book about the dimension of life that we refer to as spir- itual and its place in healthcare. The conjunction of the two is his- torical, intellectual, and practical, because both intersect around the human concern and critical interest we have in health. Bringing together a volume dedicated to spirituality and healthcare is there- fore never far removed from a dialogue on the meaning and char- acter of health, on the human capacity for sustaining health, and on the ingenuity and creativity we have to respond to those things that disrupt our health and cause us to renegotiate what it means to be human. Spirituality is for many people a way of engaging with the purpose and meaning of human existence and provides a reli- able perspective on their lived experience and an orientation to the world. As spirituality engages healthcare it becomes inextricably linked with human suffering and therefore integral to the lives of patients, their families and their caregivers. Inevitably, if healthcare has any regard for the humanity of those it serves it is faced with spirituality in its experienced and expressed forms. How is health- care to engage and respond, how does it understand and interpret spirituality, what resources does it make available and how are these organised, and how does spirituality shape and inform the purpose and practice of healthcare? These questions are the basis for this book and outline a coherent fi eld of enquiry, discussion and debate that is interdisciplinary, international and vibrant. We have aimed to capture this through a collection of writings involving authori- tative and leading-edge writers to provide a unique resource and a stimulating discourse. Anyone who reads healthcare journals, attends healthcare con- ferences, or receives course brochures cannot fail to have noticed that spirituality is on the agenda. Similarly, an awareness of current affairs is a reminder that religion is back in the public square, if it were ever absent. Religions bring people into relationship with the spiritual dimension and with others seeking the same; they pro- vide social structures and identity, and maintain living traditions of practice and wisdom. The innate human capacity for spirituality means that many of these religious traditions are ancient relative to healthcare and have therefore contributed to current globalized understandings of health, healthcare, and spirituality. The opening section of the book therefore considers key traditions and explores particular strands of thought, many religious, and their contribu- tion to these contemporary perspectives. Some chapters outline ways in which living traditions underlie and continue to support values important to contemporary views of health and healthcare.