Special Issue "Spirituality and Health"


A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444). This special issue belongs to the section "Religions and Health Care".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2010)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Arndt Büssing
Institute for Integrative Medicine, Faculty of Health, Witten/Herdecke University, Germany
Website: http://www.uni-wh.de/universitaet/personenverzeichnis/details/show/Employee/buessing/
E-Mail: arndt.buessing@uni-wh.de
Phone: +49 2330623246
Fax: +49 2330623358
Interests: mind-body medicine approaches; spirituality and health; quality of life; coping; questionnaire development; intergrative medicine; clinical studies; health service research

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Although there is mounting research showing a connection between spirituality/religiosity and health, truly understanding their relationship has only just begun. Scientific literature indicates that spirituality/religiosity is an important resource for coping with chronic disease, may be related to better mental and physical health, and improved medical outcomes. It is unclear whether the published data on the health promoting effects of spirituality/religiosity from North America, which draw on a particular cultural background with a deep-seated and vital religious tradition, can easily be transferred to countries with different cultural and religious backgrounds, or to more secular countries such as Northern Europe. Moreover, what are the distinct religious attitudes or distinct forms of spiritual practice that are associated with better medical outcomes and better health (or worse health)? The special issue of Religions will provide an overview on different concepts of spirituality/religiosity in the context of health and chronic disease, and will explore the attitudes of patients toward implementing this in clinical practice. For any practical applications that lead to the addressing of spiritual/religious issues in clinical practice, the scientific evidence of associations between spirituality/religiosity, health and coping needs to be critically analyzed and discussed.

Prof. Dr. Arndt Büssing
Guest Editor


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  • spirituality
  • religiosity
  • health
  • disease
  • coping

Published Papers (7 papers)

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Religions 2012, 3(2), 455-466; doi:10.3390/rel3020455
Received: 28 March 2012; in revised form: 26 April 2012 / Accepted: 16 May 2012 / Published: 4 June 2012
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Religions 2011, 2(3), 398-409; doi:10.3390/rel2030398
Received: 12 July 2011; in revised form: 4 August 2011 / Accepted: 19 August 2011 / Published: 25 August 2011
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Religions 2011, 2(2), 145-164; doi:10.3390/rel2020145
Received: 10 May 2011; in revised form: 23 May 2011 / Accepted: 3 June 2011 / Published: 14 June 2011
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Religions 2011, 2(1), 17-28; doi:10.3390/rel2010017
Received: 11 November 2010; in revised form: 10 December 2010 / Accepted: 7 January 2011 / Published: 11 January 2011
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Religions 2011, 2(1), 1-16; doi:10.3390/rel2010001
Received: 9 October 2010; in revised form: 24 December 2010 / Accepted: 30 December 2010 / Published: 31 December 2010
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Religions 2010, 1(1), 18-27; doi:10.3390/rel1010018
Received: 21 September 2010; in revised form: 25 October 2010 / Accepted: 8 November 2010 / Published: 12 November 2010
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Religions 2010, 1(1), 28-53; doi:10.3390/rel1010028
Received: 28 October 2010; in revised form: 11 November 2010 / Accepted: 11 November 2010 / Published: 12 November 2010
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