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Using Awareness of Religious Factors to Enhance Interventions in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry
Shimon Waldfogel; Paul Root Wolpe
Psychiatric Services 1993; doi:
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The authors thank Elisabeth Shakin, M. D., for her helpful comments.

Jefferson Medical College, 1651 Thompson Building, 1020 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107

1993 by the American Psychiatric Association

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Religion plays an important role in the lives of most Americans and often influences the ways patients react to medical illness. However, the religious aspects of patients' lives are often ignored or only superficially explored by consultation-liaison psychiatrists. Building on an existing typology, the authors use six dimensions of religious experience to discuss approaches to incorporating religious factors in the psychiatric evaluation and treatment of the hospitalized medical patient; the dimensions include religious beliefs, participation in religious rituals, and affiliation with a religious community. Case examples illustrate how these approaches can enhance the work of the consultation-liaison psychiatrist and improve the patient's coping ability.

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