spirituality and medicine:
curriculum development project


Spirituality in palliative care


A recognition that spiritual care is of vital importance for the dying patient has always been a crucial part of good palliative care. In palliative care spiritual issues frequently arise and services are well geared towards their recognition and management. There is often a clear recognition of the importance of the multidisciplinary team in providing holistic care for patients.

Though the role of of spirituality is most clearly recognised in palliative care, it should be emphasised to students that the skills learned are transferable and not limited to the care of dying patients.

Students may need particular support during this point in their course. Dealing wirth death and dying may raise difficult memories or fears, during which time they may require time, space and support to work through these issues. The hospital or medical school chaplaincy may be very valuable in helping students cope with difficulties.


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.