Addressing spiritual concerns in family medicine: A team approach

Howard Brody, Jeffrey L. Cardinal, John P. Foglio

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Abstract

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 languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)201-206
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Board of Family Practice
Volume17
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2004

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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