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Chapter 14 - Spiritual and Religious Interventions


Published online by Cambridge University Press:  07 October 2022

Christopher C. H. Cook
Institute for Medical Humanities, Durham University
Andrew Powell
Formerly Warneford Hospital and University of Oxford
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As other chapters in this book have made clear, spirituality has a part to play in treatment planning in all areas of psychiatry. Patient-centred psychiatry will always properly consider the ways in which the spiritual/religious concerns of patients might have an impact upon treatment. These concerns can often be utilised to good effect, but sometimes, if they go unrecognised, they may present barriers to effective treatment. It is important to know, for example, if a patient might not take their prescribed medication because they feel that they need to trust in God, rather than in tablets. More positively, prayer, meditation and other religious practices can provide significant coping resources during the course of treatment and recovery, and it is helpful for the clinician to affirm this rather than neglect or, worse still, undermine it.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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