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Spiritual Vulnerability, Spiritual Risk and Spiritual Safety—In Answer to a Question: ‘Why Is Spirituality Important within Health and Social Care?’ at the ‘Second International Spirituality in Healthcare Conference 2016—Nurturing the Spirit.’ Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin

School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland
Academic Editors: Fiona Timmins and Wilf McSherrys
Religions 2017, 8(3), 38; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel8030038
Received: 30 November 2016 / Revised: 13 February 2017 / Accepted: 9 March 2017 / Published: 11 March 2017
In offering an answer to the question, ‘Why is spirituality important within health and social care?’ this paper articulates views on the concepts ‘Spiritual Vulnerability,’ ‘Spiritual Risk’ and ‘Spiritual Safety’ and argues for the centrality of spirituality within holistic, person-centred professional health and social care. It proceeds to offer a definition of Spiritual Safety and then goes on to highlight how the patient being and feeling spiritually safe and how professional carers enabling spiritual safety can reduce spiritual vulnerability and spiritual risk; and may be seen as essential aspects of professional holistic care. View Full-Text
Keywords: spiritual vulnerability; spiritual risk; spiritual safety; health and social care professionals; holism; person-centred spiritual vulnerability; spiritual risk; spiritual safety; health and social care professionals; holism; person-centred
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Keenan, P.M. Spiritual Vulnerability, Spiritual Risk and Spiritual Safety—In Answer to a Question: ‘Why Is Spirituality Important within Health and Social Care?’ at the ‘Second International Spirituality in Healthcare Conference 2016—Nurturing the Spirit.’ Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin. Religions 2017, 8, 38.

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