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.
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.
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|Date deposited:||22 June 2011|
|Date of first online publication:||May 2010|
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