n African Journal of Psychiatry - The role of spirituality in specialist psychiatry : a review of the medical literature : review
|Article Title||The role of spirituality in specialist psychiatry : a review of the medical literature : review|
|© Publisher:||In House Publications|
|Journal||African Journal of Psychiatry|
|Affiliations||1 University of the Witwatersrand, 2 University of the Witwatersrand, 3 University of Johannesburg and 4 University of Johannesburg|
|Publication Date||Jul 2013|
|Pages||247 - 255|
|Keyword(s)||Medical literature, Practice and training, Psychiatry, Qualitative inquiry and Spirituality|
A review of the international medical literature was undertaken on the role of spirituality in the discipline of psychiatry, within the context that a perceived change is taking place in the health care environment in South Africa. Revitalized interest in spirituality was evident from the literature partly because Western societies have, through the migration of people, become more heterogeneous in recent years. The literature concurred that spirituality must be incorporated into the current approach to the practice and training of psychiatry, but within the professional scope of the discipline, while all faith traditions and belief systems should be regarded equally. Beyond South Africa, it is envisaged that the review has implications for the practice of psychiatry in Africa.
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