Title

Training physicians as healers

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

7-1-2018

Journal

AMA Journal of Ethics

Volume

20

Issue

7

DOI

10.1001/amajethics.2018.655

Abstract

Copyright 2018 American Medical Association. All rights reserved. Spirituality is increasingly recognized as an essential element of patient care and health. It is often during illness that patients experience deep spiritual and existential suffering. With clinicians’ care and compassion, patients are able to find solace and healing through their spiritual beliefs and values. This article chronicles a history of spirituality and health education, including the development of consensus-based clinical guidelines and competencies in health professions education that have influenced the curricular development.

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