Spirituality, religion, and clinical care.

  title={Spirituality, religion, and clinical care.},
  author={Daniel P. Sulmasy},
  volume={135 6},
Interest in the relationship between spirituality, religion, and clinical care has increased in the last 15 years, but clinicians need more concrete guidance about this topic. This article defines spirituality and religion, identifies the fundamental spiritual issues that serious illness raises for patients, and argues that physicians have a moral obligation to address patients' spiritual concerns. Religions often provide patients with specific moral guidance about a variety of medical issues… 

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