Is There Evidence-based Confirmation of the Value of Pastoral and Spiritual Care?
An Invitation To a Conversation
Keywords:Chaplaincy, compassion, experience, institutions, mental health professions, service user/patient, spiritual assessment, user-led research
This article begins as a response to Julian Raffay’s exploration of spiritual assessment and care based upon the assessment tool HOPE (JHCC 12.2). It draws upon experience and research in spirituality and religion in the South West of the UK, comparing it with other research and publications. It recounts how research by and amongst mental health service users, professionals and religious leaders reveals important aspects of spiritual and religious care for people with mental health problems. Recent publications confirm the importance of user-led research and practice for their spiritual care and wellbeing. It is an invitation to join this conversation.
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