In the past 10–20 years there has been increasing interest in the relationship between spirituality and health.
I interviewed six patients from community mental health centres, using a phenomenological approach to explore how concepts of spirituality, occupation and mental illness/mental health are related. One person’s story is presented to illustrate the issues.
Four main themes were identified:
Spirituality is an important and relevant issue to be discussed between patients and health practitioners, provided that practitioners can exercise sensitivity, caution, tolerance and acceptance of values that may differ from their own.
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