The Importance Of Spiritual Health

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Spirituality is comprised of varying interpretation reflecting that of the human experience. Thus, definitions of religion and spirituality are porous, historically variable, and remain open to change. Throughout history, the perception of spiritual health has varied in account for many social and cultural influences. Spirituality has often been described as that which gives meaning to ones’ life. While many mistakenly define spirituality by religion, spiritual health does not require any level of religiosity, or belief in a higher power. Thus, spirituality is a broader concept than religion. While religious ideals can determine an individuals’ spiritual health, the construction of spirituality reflects the truest principals, and beliefs developed…show more content…
L., et al. provides insight regarding the physical health benefits generated from religious affiliation. This article presents a study of the correlation between religion/spirituality and health outcomes among cancer patients. Research indicated participants regularly practicing religion/spirituality were mainly related to physical well-being and less physical symptoms. This data suggests spiritual support may improve quality of life and physical recovery among critical patients. Participants facing spiritual distress (lack of religious engagement) or abandonment were associated with increased depression and failed adherence to treatment. By providing physical health benefits reaped by religious persons’, Heather S. L., et al. concurs with Saleem to expose both physical, and psychological health benefits of religious affiliation. From the analyzation of cancer patients identified with spiritual health and self-reported physical health, a direct correlation between spiritual and physical health was revealed. In stark contrast, the article Spiritual Struggles and Mental Health: Exploring the Moderating Effects of Religious Identity examines the darker side of spirituality, as the study explores the relation between religious struggles and mental health. Ellison et al. proposes the idea…show more content…
The article How Are Religion and Spirituality Related to Health is interesting because Curlin et al. study examines what practicing physicians think about the relation between religion, spirituality, and health. While the questions asked did not provide, explicit definitions regarding spirituality, the participants ‘responses reflected religious ideology. All physicians in the study claimed they believe religion influences health, however they did not describe that influence in terms of effects on medical outcomes. Rather, Physicians described religious influences as beneficial when they enable patients to cope with suffering and adhere to difficult regimens. Curlin et al. portrays spirituality as a form of medicine, stating that a growing number of medical schools are now including training on the subject as part of the curriculum. Although physicians agreed that religion has a positive impact on health, they did not refer to scientific evidence to explain the health effects of religion, nor to justify a place for religion in clinical care. However, this could simply reflect their studies, as spiritual and religious training has just recently been incorporated in medical training. By interviewing practicing physicians, Curlin et al. contributes professional opinion regarding the association between spirituality (religion)

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