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Religion and Spirituality in Clinical Practice

Cook, Christopher C.H.

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Spirituality and religion have assumed importance in psychiatric practice in recent years because of both a growing evidence base and the desire of patients that such matters should be better addressed as an aspect of their care. However, there has been controversy regarding interpretation of the evidence base and issues of good practice, notably about defining appropriate professional boundaries. A sensitive and patient-focused clinical enquiry is therefore needed to discover whether and how spiritual/religious concerns are important to patients and, if they are, how they might most appropriately be addressed in treatment. Many of the concerns of patients and professionals regarding spirituality overlap with the recovery agenda and so are easily addressed implicitly and without need to impose the language of spirituality or religion. However, for some patients, transcendent concerns that are not a part of this agenda are easily overlooked.


Cook, C. C. (2015). Religion and Spirituality in Clinical Practice. BJPsych Advances, 21(1), 42-50.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Jan 2, 2018
Publication Date Jan 1, 2015
Deposit Date Apr 9, 2015
Publicly Available Date Jun 30, 2015
Journal BJPsych Advances
Print ISSN 2056-4678
Electronic ISSN 2056-4686
Publisher Royal College of Psychiatrists
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 21
Issue 1
Pages 42-50


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