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Spirituality in health care plays a huge part in patients’ recovery

Melanie Rogers is a Senior Lecturer and Advanced Nurse Practitioner at the University of Huddersfield and is one of the leaders of the special interest group into spirituality in health care. Spirituality goes beyond religion and in simple terms can give a patient ‘hope, meaning and purpose’, which can help in their recovery from illness. As Melanie explains, though a valuable part of the care a patient needs to receive, it is an area that makes many health professionals uncomfortable for a variety of reasons. Huddersfield is currently introducing spirituality into its curricula for its health students and here Melanie comments on the issues, including compassion fatigue, and how she approaches it with both her patients and her students


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