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Spiritual determinants of health and healing: an epidemiologic perspective on salutogenic mechanisms.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  14618858     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This article provides an overview of both empirical research and conceptual and theoretical approaches bearing on the connection between spirituality and health. Special emphasis is placed on key epidemiologic concepts that are typically overlooked or misinterpreted in discussions of religious and spiritual factors in health and healing. These include the natural history of disease, the epidemiologic triangle, the levels of prevention, risk factors, protection, salutogenesis, and host resistance. After reviewing research evidence of both a protective factor for health and therapeutic factor in healing attributed to religiousness, faith, or spirituality, a typology is proposed which classifies potentially salutogenic mechanisms underlying such effects. This model differentiates among biological, psychosocial, bioenergy-based, nonlocal, and supernatural pathways. Finally, the clinical and scientific implications of this work is described.
Jeff Levin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Alternative therapies in health and medicine     Volume:  9     ISSN:  1078-6791     ISO Abbreviation:  Altern Ther Health Med     Publication Date:    2003 Nov-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-11-17     Completed Date:  2003-12-19     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9502013     Medline TA:  Altern Ther Health Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  48-57     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Attitude of Health Personnel*
Attitude to Health
Health Status
Holistic Health*
Mental Healing*
Quality of Life
Social Support

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