Social care

Holly Nelson-Becker and Mary Pat Sullivan

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

Social care

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Spirituality is drawing increasing attention as an important aspect of social discourse. This chapter discusses the role of spirituality in social care from a professional practice perspective. We address the scope of spirituality in social care, spiritual care policy, educational and training models, spiritual leadership in organizations, ethical dimensions of practice, and evaluation and outcomes of spirituality in social care. Finally, we provide recommendations for best practices. We have integrated policies and education models of care principally from the UK and the USA. This is not because spiritual social care is not being addressed in Europe and third world countries, but rather that some of this is not yet accessible and a multinational comparison would be beyond the reach of this chapter.

Chapter.  7821 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology ; Palliative Medicine

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