Special Issue "Spirituality and Health"
A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2010)
Prof. Dr. med. Arndt Büssing
Institute for Integrative Medicine, Faculty of Health, Witten/Herdecke University, Alfred-Herrhausen-Straße 50, 58448 Witten, Germany
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Interests: mind-body medicine approaches; spirituality and health; quality of life; coping; questionnaire development; integrative medicine; clinical studies; health service research
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
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