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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 34  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 399-402

Spirituality and Religion in Modern Medicine


Department of Psychiatry, Mahatma Gandhi Missions Medical College, Kamothe, Navi Mumbai, MaharashtraDepartment of Psychiatry, Mahatma Gandhi Missions Medical College, Kamothe, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Darpan Kaur Mohinder Singh
Department of Psychiatry, Mahatma Gandhi Missions Medical College, Kamothe, M.H.B, Om Lamba Society, Opposite Bhakti Dham Mandir, Sion Chunabhatti, Mumbai, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/0253-7176.108234

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Man has always yearned for a higher sense of belonging in life. Since ancient ages, human beings have tried to examine and evaluate the relationship between spirituality, religion and medicine. The interface of spirituality, quality of life and mental health is fascinating and sublime. Religion and spirituality play an essential role in the care giving of patients with terminal illnesses and chronic medical conditions. Patient's needs, desires and perspectives on religion and spirituality should be addressed in standard clinical care. Ongoing research in medical education and curriculum design points towards the inclusion of competence, communication and training in spirituality. There are structured and reliable instruments available for assessing the relationship between spirituality, religion and health in research settings. Intervention based scientific studies in the arena of spirituality and modern medicine are needed. Further research should be directed towards making modern medicine more holistic.


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