Spiritual Care and Physicians: Understanding Spirituality in Medical Practice
This paper reminds physicians that whole person care, biopsychosocial-spiritual care, includes intentional, pro-active care of the spirit. The scope of practice for the physicians includes understanding that patients and families are impacted by spirituality and religion, addressing it as a part of routine clinical interactions, and knowing when to refer for more in depth specialized spiritual care by the spiritual care specialist – often the chaplain – on the interprofessional team.
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