Communicating Spirituality in Health Care (Margaret Wills)
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Title: Communicating Spirituality in Health Care
Editor(s): Margaret Wills
Publish Date: September 2009
|This edited volume—the first of its kind in the health communication field—presents a multifaceted analysis of the role of spiritual communication in health and healing. There are 14 chapters, including an introductory chapter that offers a new model of health inclusive of spirituality. Each chapter, addressing specific issues pertaining to religious and spiritual communication practices and the effects on individual health, is written by a contributing health communication scholar or health professional.
Readers will find value in the variety of health communication contexts with analyses examining spiritual communication and its role in health behavior/outcomes in traditional contexts such as the church (pastor/health minister and parishioner) and the hospital (nurse/patient), and in alternative contexts such as holistic healing communities. As well, the scholars and health professionals contributing to this text investigate these issues using both qualitative and quantitative analyses, drawing from a variety of approaches including rhetorical criticism, behavioral analysis, ethnography, and cultural studies.
More and more, the medical and scientific community recognizes the potential import of spirituality in health behavior and outcomes. An examination of spiritual communication and healing can ultimately assist health care practitioners in broadening their perspective on viable paths to wellness. It can assist individuals as well, informing and empowering them as they seek to recover, maintain, or enhance their overall health. Given the ongoing healthcare crisis and the ever-increasing diversity of our nation, broadening our conception of well being to include the spiritual component seems essential. As such, this book is an important addition to the literature devoted to health communication.
Contents: Foreword, Sandra L. Herndon. Introduction: Reclaiming the “Spiritual” in Health Care, Margaret Wills. PERSPECTIVES ON SPIRITUALITY IN HEALTH. Health Ministry Programs: Attitudes and Communication Needs of Health Ministers and Faith Members, Carolyn M. Anderson. Through the Eyes of the Nurse: Spirituality and Well-being in Health Care, Laura J. Jacobi. Spirituality within the Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment Process, Laura L. Ellingson. AREAS OF APPLICATION. Meridians and Mind-Body Congruence: Spiritual Aspects of Healing in a Homeopathic Care Setting, Athena du Pré and Tammy Swenson Lepper. Spirituality and Communication in Nirvana, Lisa Schreiber. Health and Spirituality in Complementary and Alternative Medicine: A Transpersonal Exploration of Continuum Movement, Paula Michal-Johnson and Dina Wills. A Case Study of Bio-Spirituality: Placebo and the Physiological Effects of Spiritual and Emotional Beliefs, Ned Vankevich. “Raise Up Children in the Way They Should Go…”: The Church’s Role in Supporting Evangelical Christian Parents Raising High-Risk Adolescents, Nancy J. Brule. Comfort and Community: Two Emergent Communication Themes of Religious Faith and Spirituality Evident During Final Conversations, Maureen P.Keeley. IMPLICATIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS. The Transformative Experience of Cancer Survivors, Avinash Thombre and Everett M. Rogers. Religious Concepts in Health Beliefs among African American Women: Implications for Health Care, Policy, and Promotion, Tina M. Harris and J. Ken Harris. Communicating Worldviews: The Interrelationships of Spirituality, Culture, and Health Behavior, Nichole Egbert, Harriet Coeling, and Jacqueline Mickley. Religious Faith and Spirituality in Drawing the Line: “I Believe in Angels…”, Roxanne Parrott. Author Index. Subject Index.