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Conceptualising spirituality for medical research and health service provision

King, MB; Koenig, HG; (2009) Conceptualising spirituality for medical research and health service provision. BMC Health Services Research , 9 , Article 116. 10.1186/1472-6963-9-116. Green open access

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Abstract

The need to take account of spirituality in research and health services provision is assuming ever greater importance. However the field has long been hampered by a lack of conceptual clarity about the nature of spirituality itself. We do not agree with the sceptical claim that it is impossible to conceptualise spirituality within a scientific paradigm. Our aims are to 1) provide a brief overview of critical thinking that might form the basis for a useful definition of spirituality for research and clinical work and 2) demystify the language of spirituality for clinical practice and research.

Type: Article
Title: Conceptualising spirituality for medical research and health service provision
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1186/1472-6963-9-116
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1472-6963-9-116
Language: English
Additional information: © 2009 King and Koenig; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: Religion, beliefs, Britain, care
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Division of Psychiatry
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/69019
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