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Seddigh R, Azarnik S, Memaryan N, Hadi F. Spirituality as a sociocultural determinant of health in the context of medical curriculum: A call for action. Med J Islam Repub Iran. 2020; 34 (1) :40-46
URL: http://mjiri.iums.ac.ir/article-1-5136-en.html
Mental Health Research Center, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran , hadi.f@iums.ac.ir
Abstract:   (850 Views)
Background: This study aimed to investigate the state of spirituality in the general medicine curricula in Iran.
   Methods: Reference books for general medicine were reviewed and data were analyzed according to the qualitative content analysis method.
   Results: After reviewing references, it was found that only 35 paragraphs of the educational reference pages dealt with this subject. Related topics to spirituality had 2 major themes: (a) spirituality and care (assessment, treatment, palliative care, and bereavement); (b) spirituality and professionalism (considering culture and medical ethics).
   Conclusion: This study showed that despite the importance of the subject and much evidence on spirituality and medicine, medical references have limitations. The authors suggested some strategies to develop a specific course and integrate all educational references with the objectives of the general medical education course in Iran.
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Type of Study: Original Research | Subject: Medical Education

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