A team of three scientists identified almost 9000 professional articles referencing Spirituality in health, specifically with reference to serious illness. The lead researcher, Tracy Balboni, professor of oncology at Harvard Medical School, announced:
“Our findings indicate that attention to spirituality in serious illness and in health should be a vital part of future whole person-centred care.”
On the basis of this extensive review and the evidence it provides three new initiatives for the care of those with serious illnesses were proposed:
According to our Patron Dr William Bloom, these conclusions echo a similar review from 2012 by Harold D Koenig*, which found that those with a spiritual outlook not only performed better, but were happier, had better health, and lived longer than their non-spiritual counterparts.