The future of spirituality and healthcare

Mark Cobb, Bruce Rumbold and 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

The future of spirituality and healthcare

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Spirituality and healthcare is a dynamic field where the attainment of perfect control and order is a misleading goal regardless of tempting it appears. The discourse of spirituality and healthcare is open at the edges, orientated around core organizing principles, but containing levels of disorder, indeterminacy and tension that provide meaningful interactions and suggest creative opportunities. This chapter therefore looks forward and suggests points for future development, rather than issues brought to closure; questions rather than conclusions.

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Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology ; Palliative Medicine

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