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Spirituality and Health


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  Prof H Nelson-Becker  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Students interested in this PhD opportunity would want to explore any aspects of spirituality and how it is addressed or not addressed in healthcare. Often medical professionals are not comfortable assessing whether spirituality is a factor in wholistic consideration of an individual's situation. Some seriously ill patients find spirituality and/or religion an important form of coping. Another aspect of spirituality includes how it is addressed or whether it is absent from health education curricula. If it is present, what kinds of considerations are addressed concerning this dimension.

A student with an interest in this topic would likely have health interests as well as a professional practice background.

Professor Holly Nelson-Becker co-created US standards of spiritual care in palliative care in the US along with representatives from other health professions. The standards we developed were vetted with a larger group of national experts. Spirituality remains an important and neglected area of practice. She also has related interests in loss, grief, and dying well.

Please contact Professor Holly Nelson-Becker to discuss this project.

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