Spirituality in medicine

Prim Care. 1997 Dec;24(4):963-76. doi: 10.1016/s0095-4543(05)70319-5.


Attending to the spiritual dimension of the patient can provide the physician with a more in-depth understanding of the patient and his or her needs. The physician may use a variety of spiritually informed therapeutic tools that can greatly facilitate the patient's coping ability, thus enhancing well being. Physicians' own religious or spiritual practices may impact upon their ability to function effectively in clinical practice. Specific suggestions are offered for attending to the spiritual aspects of the patient.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Complementary Therapies*
  • Humans
  • Mental Healing*
  • Pastoral Care
  • Patient Care Team
  • Primary Health Care
  • Religion and Medicine*