Restorative medicine

Christina M. Puchalski

in Oxford Textbook of Spirituality in Healthcare

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Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199571390
Published online August 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199665037 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Textbook in Public Health

Restorative medicine

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The goal of medicine is the identification and relief of suffering, as well as the promotion of health. As seen in health outcomes research as well as policy, spirituality is a key element of health and wellbeing, as well as a way people cope with suffering. It is also the basis of compassionate relationships. Since healing springs from the therapeutic relationship, spiritual care is grounded in relationship-centred care. Spiritual care begins from the moment the healthcare professional enters the patient’s room. This means that the clinician brings his or her whole being to the encounter and places full attention on the patient, not allowing distractions to interfere with that attention. Integral to this is the ability to listen and to be attentive to all dimensions of patients’ and their family’s lives. Spiritual care is the foundation of whole person, patient-centred care. The principles and practices of interprofessional spiritual care will help restore medicine and healthcare to its roots of compassion and service.

Chapter.  10702 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology ; Palliative Medicine

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