Spirituality: A Healthcare Perspective

In his book, The Greatest Benefit to Mankind, Porter states that according to all the standard benchmarks, the Western nations of the world have never been more healthy, and yet their citizens have never been more anxious about their health. Freedom from the fear of not being able to pay for treatme...

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Published in:Implicit religion
Main Author: Nolan, Peter
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Equinox [2006]
In: Implicit religion
Year: 2006, Volume: 9, Issue: 3, Pages: 272-282
Further subjects:B Russell, Bertrand, 1872-1970
B Spirituality
B Well-being
B Spiritual Life
B Health
B Religion
B Religious Life
B Conduct of life
B Human services
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Summary:In his book, The Greatest Benefit to Mankind, Porter states that according to all the standard benchmarks, the Western nations of the world have never been more healthy, and yet their citizens have never been more anxious about their health. Freedom from the fear of not being able to pay for treatment if we become ill, or of not being able to find treatment for ourselves and our family, is a privilege not shared by the majority of people in the world. This raises the question of whether so many people, including health professionals, continue to worry about their health because they are out of touch with their own bodies, unsure how to recognize states of well-being and of disease, and ignorant of what steps to take to maintain or rectify the balance in their lives. Bertrand Russell lamented how little progress had been made in understanding the human spirit, in improving human relationships, and in self-knowledge, even though what had been achieved in the fields of science and technology in the course of a lifetime was truly astounding. He advised that the spiritual journey is best undertaken by 'being with people who help your being'. The ethos and structure of today's health services make it difficult for staff to stand alongside those they are caring for, to support their 'being'; rather, they are focused on government targets and outcomes, which often have little to do with helping individuals take responsibility for attaining and maintaining an optimum state of health. The same lack of focus is found in other of our human services.
ISSN:1743-1697
Contains:Enthalten in: Implicit religion
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1558/imre2006.v9.i3.272