I will start by saying that physicians only treat but God is who heals. Many people ignore the important and Strong connection between health and spirituality. It is very apparent that spirituality influences quality of health of an individual.
One of the main defects of world health organization definition of health is the exclusion of the spirituality aspect in an individual as part of one’s well-being. Illness and health-threatening events always lead to people questioning the purpose and meaning of life which touches on our very root of existence. The public health communities and organizations are beginning to realize and understand the important role of spiritual care in the enhancement of a quality health and healthcare.
Spirituality can be defined simply as sensitivity to religion and other core values that make a person or an individual gain;
- Increased understanding of life
Yes, I agree that we are in the age of great technological advancement but spirituality is very important and relevant altogether. It involves serving the whole individual; emotional, physical and spiritual aspects. It may also involve; be holding patients hands, talking to them about matters that they value and also spending time with them. Patients really value such simple acts. Research has it that religious practices support and promotes health. Spiritual care is interdisciplinary which involves pastors, chaplains, and imams.
There are ethical challenges that tend to prevent and limit physicians
- Involvement in spiritual health care:
- Discomfort with the subject
- Lack of training, knowledge or time
- Fear of imposing religious opinions.
- Religious chaos
- Confidentiality and consent
The role of spirituality in healthcare falls into three main categories:
Observational studies show that people who have spiritual practices tend to live longer.
The study also points to the possible mechanism, interleukin (IL)-6.Increased incidence of a disease is usually associated with IL-6.
There is also a hypothesis that commitment to religion improves stress control by offering a better coping mechanism, rich social support, and strength of personal worldview and value.
Patients who have spiritual tendencies may utilize their faith and beliefs in coping with pain, life stress and illness
Studies indicate that spiritual people tend to have a more positive outlook and a better quality of life. For instance, patients with HIV/aids and advanced cancer have found comfort from religious beliefs live a life full of satisfaction.
Tends to promote or enhance recovery from illness, pain, and surgery. Related to spirituality is the power of positive thinking and hope which goes well with follow-up treatment. It enables one to tap into his innermost strengths and abilities.
Summing up, I can say that spirituality is very powerful and influences our health outcomes. All those people in the medical field have the great responsibility to compassionately care for the sick. As individuals, we should give more time to our own spirituality by practicing the right religion which ultimately will boost the quality of our health.