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Author: Richard Glickman-Simon, M.D.

Session 5b: Faith – Essentials

1. Learning Objectives

By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Describe the evidence for and against an association between religious involvement, spirituality, and health outcomes

  • Explain the possible mechanisms underlying the purported influence of spirituality on health and longevity

  • Discuss the role of spirituality at the end of life from the differing perspectives of patients and their physicians

  • Explain how physicians may influence health outcomes by taking advantage of their patients’ faith

2. Readings

  • Krause N. Religion, aging, and health: exploring new frontiers in medical care. Southern Medical Journal. 97(12):1215-22, 2004 Dec.

  • Mueller, P., et al. Religious Involvement, Spirituality, and Medicine: Implications of Clinical Practice. Mayo Clinic Proceedings. 76(12):1225-1235, December 2001.

3. Additional Resources

  • Puchalski CM. Dorff RE. Hendi IY. Spirituality, religion, and healing in palliative care. Clinics in Geriatric Medicine. 20(4):689-714, vi-vii, 2004 Nov.

  • Benson H. Dusek JA. Sherwood JB. Lam P. Bethea CF. Carpenter W. Levitsky S. Hill PC. Clem DW Jr. Jain MK. Drumel D. Kopecky SL. Mueller PS. Marek D. Rollins D. Hibberd PL. Study of the therapeutic Effects of Intercessory Prayer (STEP) in cardiac bypass patients: a multicenter randomized trial of uncertainty and certainty of receiving intercessory prayer. American Heart Journal. 151(4):934-42, 2006 Apr.