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Psychiatr Clin North Am. 2007 Jun;30(2):181-97.

Talking with patients about spirituality and worldview: practical interviewing techniques and strategies.

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  • 1Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Louisville, 200 East Chestnut Street, Louisville, KY 40292, USA. allan.josephson@louisville.edu

Abstract

Psychiatrists now recognize that religion and spirituality are important to much of the populace and that attending to them probably will improve clinical psychiatric practice. This article presents a practical guide for addressing some of the key interviewing skills needed to explore a patient's framework for meaning-the patient's religion, spirituality, and worldview. It offers guidelines on the process of the interview, including ways to initiate conversation in this area, with suggestions and specific questions for a more thorough exploration of the patient's religious and spiritual life.

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