Religious and Spiritual Case Reports on MEDLINE : A Systematic Analysis of Records from 1980 to 1996
Journal/Book: Alternat Ther. 1999; 5(1): 64-70.
Abstract: Objective To undertake a systematic analysis of case reports involving religious or spiritual issues published between 1980 and 1996.Data Sources MEDLINE, the National Library of Medicine's bibliographic database covering the fields of medicine, nursing dentistry, veterinary medicine, and the preclinical sciences. Study Selection A search of 4306906 records indexed on MEDLINE from 1980 to 1996.Data Extraction: A total of 364 abstracts were found, then subjected to coding analysis. Data Synthesis Categories were developed for (1) types of healthcare situations involving religious/spiritual issues, (2) religious and spiritual interventions, (3) collaboration between healthcare and rel rofessional. Of these, only 8 (245) indicated any collaboration between healthcare and religious professionals. is not yet reflected in scientific and clinical journals. A need exists for more documented examples of collaboration between healthcare and religious professionals.