Thomas R. Mc Cormick
Examination of the beliefs, values, meaning, and spirituality of health professionals for the well-being of their patients as well as for themselves. Offered: jointly with FAMED 547/SOC W 587.
This is an interdisciplinary course, designed for students in the health care professions with the objective of examining how spirituality serves as a major coping resource for many patients facing illness or death. Students will learn skills designed to elicit a "spiritual assessment" of the patient. Students will also examine ways in which religion is something of a "taboo" subject in health care---making it difficult for clinicians to broach the topic with patients. Ethical issues related to religion and health care will be analyzed. Guest speakers from several traditions will expand our awareness of other religions.
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