Spirituality, health care, and bioethics

  title={Spirituality, health care, and bioethics},
  author={Maureen Muldoon and Norman King},
  journal={Journal of Religion and Health},
This article explores the relationship of spirituality to health care and bioethics in terms of the need and efforts of people to make sense of their lives in the face of illness, injury, or impending death. Moving beyond earlier associations with specific religious traditions, spirituality has come to designate the way in which people can integrate their experiences with their sense of ultimate meaning and related values. The holistic model of health care also affirms that one should not… 
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