Spiritual conflicts and concerns often accompany serious illness, but many family physicians are slow to recognize these concerns or unsure how to address them. The case of a patient with spinal cord injury and who later developed an astrocytoma is used to illustrate a team approach that involved a family physician, a spiritual counselor, and a psychologist. Narrative writing exercises in which the patient was encouraged to tell his own story also played a role in treatment. The case report includes the patient's own description of his experience with spirituality and spiritual counseling, as well as the perspectives of the spiritual counselor.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of the American Board of Family Practice|
|State||Published - May 1 2004|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health