Healing Hospital: a Daring Paradigm Essay

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Healing Hospital: A Daring Paradigm
Steven Z. Beard
Grand Canyon University: HLT-310V(HLT-310V-O102) Spirituality in Health Care
July 7, 2013

Healing hospitals and their relationship to spirituality Healing hospitals require more than just patient care, they require love and compassion with not only a patient but there family as well. A healing physical environment starts with caring for the patients but is also affected by how healthcare staff interacts with families. They believe that by creating a loving, compassionate, and appealing environment it will help the patients and their families get through difficult situations. The three components of a healing hospital are as
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Healing hospitals choose their staff based not only on skill level but also based upon their gifts at delivering loving care. There is some evidence that spiritual healing and prayer are beneficial for patients. Cohen (1989) referred 44 patients to spiritual healers and found that 35 (80%) felt better after the experience. This researcher found that these healers spent up to eight times longer with patients than the average family physician. The experience of touch in a safe environment, combined with the increased time with the healer, counteracts fear, stress, and loneliness, all of which retard healing. Vaillant (1983), in three prospective studies, reported that participation in Alcoholics Anonymous was significantly more effective than medical or psychological treatment in helping alcoholics achieve long-term sobriety. Studies on faith healing suggest that this practice does not need to be in competition with medical treatment (Cohen, 1989; Pattison, Lapins & Doerr, 1973). The results are often enhancements of the patient's subjective well-being and changes in the patient's lifestyle rather than changes in the disease process. That is, this treatment may of benefit to the patient. Prayer, a spiritual activity found in every religion, has been studied since the 19th century. A recent study ((Byrd, 1988) randomly assigned 393 patients admitted to a coronary care unit either to a group that received daily prayer, or a group that did not. At admission there

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