Il supporto ai bisogni spirituali nella cura ospedaliera. Prospettive di integrazione nell'ospedale moderno

Translated title of the contribution: Support to spiritual needs in hospital care. Integration perspective in modern hospitals

Tullio Proserpio, Claudia Piccinelli, Carmine Arice, Massimo Petrini, Mario Mozzanica, Laura Veneroni, Carlo Alfredo Clerici

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Within the course of medical care in the most advanced health care settings, an increasing attention is being paid to the so-called care humanization. According to this perspective, we try to integrate the usual care pathways with aspects related to the spiritual and religious dimension of all people and their families, as well as the employees themselves. It is clearly important to establish this kind of practices on the basis of scientific evidences. That is the reason why it's a necessity to improve the knowledge about the importance that spiritual assistance can offer within the current health service. The aim of this work is to show the relevance of the integration of spiritual perspectives in the hospital setting according to a multidisciplinary point of view. In this work many data that emerge from the international scientific literature, as well as the definition that is given to the concept of "spirituality" are analyzed; about this definition in fact there is not unanimous consent even today. It is also analyzed the legal situation in force within the European territory according to the different laws and social realities. Finally, the possible organizational practices related to spiritual support are described and the opportunity to specific accreditation pathways and careful training of chaplains able to integrate traditional religious practices with modern spiritual perspectives is discussed. Copyright - Il Pensiero Scientifico Editore.

Translated title of the contributionSupport to spiritual needs in hospital care. Integration perspective in modern hospitals
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)281-287
Number of pages7
JournalRecenti Progressi in Medicina
Issue number7-8
StatePublished - 2014


  • Hospital chaplaincy
  • Pastoral care
  • Spirituality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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