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Spirituality and Religion in Psychiatry: The Impact of Policy

Cook, Christopher C.H.

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Research and debate on the importance of spirituality and religion in psychiatry has led to a number of national and international policy initiatives, intended to clarify the boundaries of good practice and improve the way in which such matters are managed for the benefit of patients. Significant amongst these is the 2015 position statement of the World Psychiatric Association, the only such policy statement to date which has been internationally agreed. Preliminary evidence available suggests that this is having good effect in generating professional debate and further national policy initiatives in different countries. There is a need for further research on such policy initiatives to confirm whether or not they have the intended impact upon clinical practice and whether or not this in turn is beneficial for patients.


Cook, C. C. (2017). Spirituality and Religion in Psychiatry: The Impact of Policy. Mental Health, Religion and Culture, 20(6), 589-594.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 25, 2017
Online Publication Date Dec 6, 2017
Publication Date 2017-12
Deposit Date Nov 13, 2017
Publicly Available Date Dec 6, 2018
Journal Mental Health, Religion and Culture
Print ISSN 1367-4676
Electronic ISSN 1469-9737
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 20
Issue 6
Pages 589-594


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