Equipping healthcare professionals to care for the whole person
Western medical education has only recently sought to attend to the spiritual aspects of the patient. The overwhelming evidence of the role the spiritual plays in health and disease has led to movement to adopt a bio-psycho-social-spiritual model of care. However, these efforts often lack wholistic integration. The purpose of this article is to describe a program and international network helping to address the need for curricula and methods to educate healthcare professionals in whole person care wholistically and to make the availability of these resources more widely known to those likely to benefit from and use them. The UK Christian charity PRIME: Partnerships in International Medical Education provides a free curriculum and training opportunities for this purpose. PRIME’s approach and course have been widely sought and accepted by professionals from different cultures and faith groups and has developed into an international network.
2. The Lausanne Movement. [Internet]. Cape Town commitment: a confession of faith and a call to action. The Lausanne Movement. 2011. Available from: https://www.lausanne.org/content/ctc/ctcommitment#p2-1
3. Engel GL. Need for a new medical model: a challenge for biomedicine. Science. 1977; 196:129–36. http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.847460
4. Frankel R, Quill T, McDaniel S, editors. Biopsychosocial approach: past, present, future. 1st ed. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press; 2003.
5. Puchalski CM, Blatt B, Kogan M, Butler A. Spirituality and health: the development of a field. Academic Medicine. 2014; 89(1):10-6. [Cited 2015 March 4] http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/ACM.0000000000000083
6. Koenig H, King D, Carson VB. Handbook of religion and health. 2nd ed. New York: Oxford University Press; 2012.
7. Koenig H. editor. Handbook of religion and mental health. 1st ed. San Diego: Academic Press; 1998.
8. McNamara H, Boudreau JD. Teaching whole person care in medical school. In: Hutchinson TA. Whole person care: a new paradigm for the 21st century. New York: Springer; 2011. [p. 183-200].
9. Anandarajah G, Mitchell M. A spirituality and medicine elective for senior medical students: 4 years’ experience, evaluation, and expansion to the family medicine residency. Fam Med. 2007;39:313–5.
10. Bell D, Harbinson M, Toman G, Crawford V, Cunningham H. Wholeness of healing: an innovative student-selected component introducing United Kingdom medical students to the spiritual dimension in healthcare. South Med J. 2010;103(12):1204–9. http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/SMJ.0b013e3181f968ce
11. Peteet JR. Educating medical students about spirituality: lessons from the United Kingdom. South Med J. 2010;103(12):1197. http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/SMJ.0b013e3181f968ff
12. Chaput de Saintonge D. Whole person medicine: a manual for PRIME tutors. St Leonards on Sea, UK: PRIME; 2009.
13. Chaput de Saintonge David, Simpson. The good teacher: a values-based approach. St. Leonards on Sea, UK: PRIME; 2013.
14. PRIME. PRIME Annual Conference 2016: Inspiring a Global Network of Compassionate Whole Person Healthcare Teachers. Partners in International Medical Education; 2016.
15. PRIME-international.org. [Internet]. Battle, Sussex, UK: Home – PRIME; 2016. Available from: http://www.prime-international.org/home.htm
16. PRIME-international.org. [Internet]. Battle, Sussex, UK: PRIME Network Audit Data 2005-2015; 2015. Available from: https://blu185.mail.live.com/?tid=cmy0OjlPe65RGQvmw75af6dA2&fid= flLMPswtO8YE6xL6aGMkkhDw2&paid=cm1MfYbR655RGBnwAeC8u88A2&pad=2016-01-12T11%3A20%3A13.087Z&pat=3&pidx=2.
17. PRIME-international.org. [Internet]. Battle, Sussex, UK: Foundation Principles - PRIME; 2016. Available from http://www.prime-international.org/foundationprinciples.htm.
18. PRIME-international.org. [Internet]. Battle, Sussex, UK: Feedback from PRIME Courses; 2016. Available from http://www.prime-international.org/ feedbackfromprimecourses.htm.
Christian Journal for Global Health applies the Creative Commons Attribution License to all articles that we publish. Under this license, authors retain ownership of copyright for their articles or they can transfer copyright to their institution, but authors allow anyone without permission to copy, distribute, transmit, and/or adapt articles, even for commercial purposes so long as the original authors and Christian Journal for Global Health are appropriately cited.Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.