Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 58, Issue 1, pp 109–118 | Cite as

Approaching Spirituality Using the Patient-Centered Clinical Method

  • Janaine Aline Camargo de OliveiraEmail author
  • Maria Inez Padula Anderson
  • Giancarlo Lucchetti
  • Eric Vinícius Ávila Pires
  • Lídia Maria Gonçalves
Psychological Exploration


Although the scientific literature already suggests the importance of spiritual care in clinical practice, this topic has been apart from the routine of many practitioners, and many physicians still have difficulties in how to carry out such approaches in the clinical setting. This article reflects on the importance of spirituality in the health–disease process and provides an approach to the biopsychosocial–spiritual care in the practice of primary care. In addition, the aim of the authors is to propose a spiritual approach based on the patient-centered clinical method. This method has been used for clinical communication and can be powerful for exploring spiritual history. Thus, using a fictional case scenario as a practical example, the authors guide readers to understand the patient-centered approach they propose.


Spirituality Patient-centered Primary care Spiritual history 


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Conflict of interest

None of the authors have received fees for this research or for being a speaker of a company. The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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This article does not contain studies with human or animal participants by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Hospital Israelita Albert EinsteinMember of the Health and Spirituality Group of The Brazilian Society of Family MedicineElias FaustoBrazil
  2. 2.Universidade Estadual do Rio de JaneiroRio de JaneiroBrazil
  3. 3.Universidade Federal de Juiz de ForaJuiz de ForaBrazil
  4. 4.Universidade Federal de Minas GeraisMember of the Health and Spirituality Group of The Brazilian Society of Family MedicineBelo HorizonteBrazil
  5. 5.Universidade Federal do Mato Grosso do SulCampo GrandeBrazil

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