Curriculum development, courses, and CPE

Christina M. Puchalski, Mark Cobb and Bruce Rumbold

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

Curriculum development, courses, and CPE

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Curriculum development in Spirituality and Health, which focuses on formal teaching of this topic, is a relatively new field within medicine, nursing and other health professions, in terms of formal courses in this subject area. Inspired by the advances of scientific technology, medical, and nursing schools focuses their training primarily on the scientific and technical aspects of their disciplines. It is important to note that, historically, some aspects of spirituality, which included religion, ethics, and caring presence, were part of medicine and nursing academic settings. However, spirituality was gradually omitted in favour of the technical and biomedical aspects, with the humanities and other non-technical subject matter deemed less important. In this chapter we are focusing primarily on major efforts in the USA, UK, and Australia. We also cover pastoral counselling, spiritual direction, and chaplaincy as these professionals work closely within the health system to provide spiritual care for patients and families.

Chapter.  8435 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology ; Palliative Medicine

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