spirituality and medicine:
curriculum development project


Spirituality learning outcomes: knowledge



» Students should gain basic knowledge about some of the major world religions and worldviews.

» Students should have the opportunity to consider the meanings of the words 'health', 'healing', 'illness' and 'disease'; and be encouraged to reflect on the objectives of medicine.

» Students should review some of the literature surrounding the relationship between religion, spirituality and health, and critically appraise the role of spiritual interventions in modern healthcare.

» Students should have a chance to reflect on their own worldview and the chance to meet and discuss the interface between spirituality and healing with members of different religious groups.

» Students should consider an ethical framework for introducing spiritual issues into a medical consultation, and consider how far it is appropriate for doctors to share their own medical beliefs with patients.



The Spirituality and Medicine Curriculum Development Project is funded by the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry.