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Patients’ recovery from illness can be affected by spirituality?

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From Medical News Today:

The term ‘spirituality’ is now widely used to describe the qualities that give people hope, meaning and purpose. In the case of patients, it can aid their recovery. The University of Huddersfield has become a key centre for research into spirituality and how it can be integrated into health care teaching and practice.

This isn’t really much of a surprise. The link between spirituality/religion and improved health is well established:

“It helps to sustain health care workers and patients by recognising and supporting a sense of meaning and purpose in life. It can improve resilience in patients and practitioners alike, in addition to improving the experience of illness and crisis in patients.”

She acknowledges that for some people, spirituality derives from religious beliefs. But for many others it stems from factors such as their relationships, community connections and special interests. More.

See, for example, Michael Shermer: “New research on self-control explains thelink between religion and health”

Religion, spirituality associated with better health outcomes

Studies of religion: “This is God speaking: Put that cookie down”

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"This isn’t really much of a surprise. The link between spirituality/religion and improved health is well established:" No, the link between a positive attitude and hope has been well established. It is called the placebo effect. But if I had a life threatening illness, I would rather take an effective drug than a sugar pill.centrestream
November 18, 2014
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Since doctors "evolved" directly from the healers and priests of earlier cultures, this is completely unsurprising. What's unusual is the speed of forgetting. This particular "speciation" was caused by penicillin, still within living memory. Usually it takes MUCH more than 80 years for such a large and obvious fact to become so fully erased that it can be "freshly discovered".polistra
November 17, 2014
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First it can be God heals more/better people of the true faith and so not just a natural thinking thing. of coarse morale is very important. it affects the body systems like laughter. tHe bible insists laughter is like a good medicine. uts a real change in the body. the immune system probably is sensitive to morale in measurable ways. however true christians should heal better then others pound for pound.Robert Byers
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If I were a Jedi Knight, I would note that The Force is stronger in some people.Seversky
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