More and more evidence suggests that this right environment may be created by addressing a patient’s spiritual needs.
In addressing the spiritual needs of individuals, Mary Baker Eddy advocated the use of prayer to address the needs of the entire individual – mind, body, and soul. After years of use and study of the wide variety of treatments available in her day, she found it crucial to producing the right environment for health. Her methodologies and the results in her day are recorded in her book, Science and Health.
Today, finding ways to create the right environment for health and healing includes – among other changes – everything from increasing doctor-patient communication, to putting decisions and choices firmly in the hands of the patient, to including a patient’s spiritual practices in their treatment. And health practitioners are finding that these changes improve patient outcomes.
In the search for health, physicians should acknowledge their patients’ spiritual mindfulness practices, creating an environment where health has the best possibility of occurring.
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