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Spirituality, secularity and religion in psychiatric practice : Commentary on... Spirituality and religion in psychiatric practice.

Cook, C. C. H. (2010) 'Spirituality, secularity and religion in psychiatric practice : Commentary on... Spirituality and religion in psychiatric practice.', The psychiatrist., 34 (5). pp. 193-195.

Abstract

Spirituality and religion, in our secular age, are subject to what Charles Taylor calls ‘closed world structures’ which make disbelief in transcendence appear incontrovertible when in fact, rationally speaking, it is not. It is arguably an effect of these closed world structures on psychiatric practice that excludes from the clinical consultation spiritual matters which patients themselves wish to discuss with their psychiatrist. In fact, the evidence base suggests that spirituality and religion should be routinely assessed in psychiatric practice and that the possible beneficial influence on outcome of spiritual practices and faith communities should be considered when formulating treatment plans.

Item Type:Article
Full text:PDF - Accepted Version (231Kb)
Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1192/pb.bp.109.029108
Publisher statement:This is an author-produced electronic version of an article accepted for publication in The Psychiatrist. The definitive publisher-authenticated version is available online at http://pb.rcpsych.org
Record Created:16 May 2011 12:35
Last Modified:22 Jun 2011 16:30

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