Religious and Spiritual Influences on Health

by Jill Beavers-Kirby

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    Hi, My name is Jill Beavers-Kirby and today we are gonna talk about the religious and spirtual influences on health. So what's the difference between religion and spirituality? Well, spirituality often refers to one's own interpretation and spirituality can be subject to feelings or emotions or feelings of connectedness upon another. Whereas religion is a communal feeling. It may involve rituals and it has practices and memberships. So what are some other differences between religion and spirituality? Well religions can affect behavior and health habits. Whereas spirituality can affect and regulate your emotions. Now they can overlap each other. But the words really aren't interchangeable. So what are religious influences on a patient's health? For example: Kosher meats or other kosher prepared foods might be required by some. On the other side, some people might have to avoid meat and dairy. Or some people might be required to fast during certain religious holidays. Some other religious influences may affect what healthcare items they are permitted to use For example some people can not use electrical appliances during certain religious periods or during certain times of the day. It will be very important to talk to your patient about what their preferences are. So what are some ethical issues that a nurse might face with religions and spirituality? The first thing is, it's very important to remember that you don't have to agree or disagree or be a member of their religion or even think along the same lines of their spirituality to take care of this patient. From a nursing stand point the ethical issues include: Beneficence and Justice. Beneficence refers to doing what's a best for a patient. What is gonna be the best thing for the patient's welfare? You can do that whether or not you agree with...

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    The lecture Religious and Spiritual Influences on Health by Jill Beavers-Kirby is from the course Psychosocial Integrity. It contains the following chapters:

    • Religious and Spirtual Influences on Health
    • Religious influences and ethical issues
    • Nonverbal Communication

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