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A Balm for Gilead: Meditations on Spirituality and the Healing Arts

Primary Author: Daniel P. Sulmasy, University of Chicago

In this book Sulmasy "draws from philosophical and theological sources—specifically, Hebrew and Christian scripture—to illuminate how the art of healing is integrally tied to a sense of the divine and our ultimate interconnectedness... [He] addresses the spiritual malaise that physicians, nurses, and other health care workers experience in their professional lives, and explores how these Christian healers can be inspired to persevere in the care of the sick".

Date Last Modified 09/01/2006 Book

A Dictionary of Patients' Spiritual & Cultural Values for Health Care Professionals

Primary Author: HealthCare Chaplaincy

This is "a guide that is meant to describe beliefs and practices generally found within a particular cultural or religious group." The purpose is to help healthcare providers meet the Joint Commission's requirement for addressing and maintaining patient rights for their cultural, religious, spiritual, and personal values, and religious and other spiritual practices to be accommodated. Sections include:

Western Religions: Comparison of Jewish, Christian and Muslim Traditions; Judaism; Christianity; Christian Science; Eastern Orthodox; Jehovah's Witness; Mormonism; Protestantism; Roman Catholicism; Seventh-day Adventism; Islam (Muslim); Sunni vs. Shiite

Eastern Religions: Buddhism; Hinduism; Sikhism

Other Religions: Baha'i; Native American; Rastafarian Movement; Santeria; Voodoo; Wicca

Major American Cultures: African-American/Black Culture; Hispanic-American Culture; Native American Culture

African Cultures: Somali-American Culture; Caribbean Cultures; Cuban-American Culture; Haitian-American Culture; Jamaican-American Culture

Middle East/South Asian Cultures: Arab-American Culture; East Indian-American Culture; Iranian-American Culture

East Asian Cultures: Chinese-American Culture; Filipino-American Culture; Japanese-American Culture; Korean-American Culture; Vietnamese-American Culture

Euro-Asian Cultures: Gypsy/Roma Culture; Russian-American Culture

Date Last Modified 09/01/2009 Manual/guide, Report/Document/Book chapter

A Multi-Faith Resource for Healthcare Staff

Primary Author: NHS Education for Scotland

Guide developed to provide healthcare workers with knowledge, awareness, and sensitivity to the needs of the diverse faith and belief groups they may encounter in their every day work. For each faith tradition or cultural group included information is provided on: attitudes to healthcare staff and illness; religious practices; diet; fasting; washing and toilet; ideas of modesty and dress; death customs; birth customs; family planning; and blood transfusions, transplants and organ donation.

Date Last Modified 11/28/2006 Manual/guide

Closure

Primary Author: Jonathan Weinkle, Jewish Healthcare Foundation

Closure is an initiative to change expectations for end-of-life. Our goal is to empower consumers and healthcare professionals with easy-to-access, simple-to-understand information and resources to make educated decisions about end-of-life care. The Closure website includes blogs, listings of resources, news items, and the Closure 101 curriculum.
Closure 101 is a curriculum of educational lessons dealing with an array of complex end-of-life issues including prognosis, advance planning, medical decision making, and hospice and palliative care. These difficult concepts are explained in a way that is designed to make sense to consumers. The curriculum contains 12 easy-to-follow lessons that can be viewed online or used by health educators to teach in-person. In addition to the lessons, the site contains questionnaires and information sheets that can help guide a person through the decision-making process. Guidelines for creating a Closure 101 program are available on the site.

Date Last Modified 04/04/2011 Website, Article, Continuing Education course, Course curriculum, Manual/guide

Elder Abuse and Neglect: Clergy Awareness, Knowledge, Intervention Preferences, and Perceived Severity

Primary Author: John D. Rudnick, Jr., Thomas More College

Because elder abuse victims, abusers, and stakeholders often seek help from trusted faith-based entities, clergy need to be adequately prepared with appropriate intervention responses, concept awareness and knowledge concerning elder abuse and neglect as an emerging health and social crisis (University of Kentucky, 2007). This presentation is based on a study that explored issues related to the general research question: "What is the perceived level of elder abuse and neglect awareness, knowledge and intervention preferences among Protestant clergy in Kentucky?
Survey responses were paired to examine relationships between demographic characteristics and the facets measured--awareness, knowledge intervention preferences, and perceived severity of elder abuse and neglect. Overall, clergy were generally not aware of their responsibilities and lacked detailed knowledge about elder abuse and neglect. Recommended areas for future research linked to awareness, knowledge, intervention responses and perceived severity are provided.

Date Last Modified 04/14/2010 Lecture presentation, Case example/study
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