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Religion is a significant aspect of human experience that provides a framework for an individual's response to a health challenge or transition. Individual religious beliefs, or those of a patient's family or community, may influence health care decisions and provide a means for coping. This book provides accessible and comprehensive information about religions that will allow nurses to assess and address the religious beliefs and practices of patients.
The centerpiece of this book is the compilation of information about diverse religions that is written by religionists who are also adherents of these faiths. This information, placed concisely in tables, allows the reader to learn about a religion's: history and theology; views on health and suffering; explanations for disease; beliefs and practices related to birthing, childrearing, dying; healing rituals; corporate religious resources for the sick; and more. Prefacing this information about religions, are short chapters that discuss clinical aspects of addressing religion at the bedside. These chapters, discussing topics such as how to talk with patients about religion ethically and legally, allow the nurse to incorporate the information about religions in therapeutic care. Key Features
Provides quick access to information about the 20-plus families of religions to which most Americans and others in English-speaking First World countries adhere Presents practical, concise, and accurate information about religions in succinct table formatOffers practical communication techniques for clinicians who are uncomfortable discussing religion with patients Includes techniques for self-assessment of religious views and values and how these can affect caringPresents legal and ethical aspects of addressing religiosity in patient careSummarizes primary points at the end of each chapter.
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