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Existential and Spiritual Needs in Mental Health Care: An Ethical and Holistic Perspective
Ansgar Theological Seminary (No. Teologiske Högskole), Kristiansand, Norway.
Ansgar Theological Seminary, Kristiansand, Norway.
Växjö University, Växjö, Sweden & University College of Haraldsplass, Bergen, Norway.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0017-5188
2009 (English)In: Journal of Holistic Nursing, ISSN 0898-0101, E-ISSN 1552-5724, Vol. 27, no 1, 34-42 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This study illuminates how existential needs and spiritual needs are connected with health care ethics and individuals’ mental health and well-being. The term existential needs is defined as the necessity of experiencing life as meaningful, whereas the term spiritual needs is defined as the need of deliverance from despair, guilt and/or sin, and of pastoral care. It discusses whether or not patients’ needs are holistically addressed in Western health care systems that neglect patients’ existential and spiritual needs, because of their biomedical view of Man which recognizes only patients’ physical needs. It excludes a holistic health care which considers all needs, expressed by patients in treatment of mental illness. Addressing all needs is important for patients’ improvement and recovery. For some patients, this is the only way to regain their mental health and well-being.

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Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2009. Vol. 27, no 1, 34-42 p.
Keyword [en]
ethics, biomedicine, holistic mental health care, primary needs, spiritual and existential needs
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Nursing
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Health and Caring Sciences, Caring Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-30445DOI: 10.1177/0898010108323302PubMedID: 19176899Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-67449104145OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-30445DiVA: diva2:920889
Available from: 2011-01-20 Created: 2016-03-03 Last updated: 2016-04-19Bibliographically approved

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