2005
DOI: 10.1370/afm.313
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The Meaning Of Healing: Transcending Suffering

Abstract: PURPOSE Medicine is traditionally considered a healing profession, but it has neither an operational defi nition of healing nor an explanation of its mechanisms beyond the physiological processes related to curing. The objective of this study was to determine a defi nition of healing that operationalizes its mechanisms and thereby identifi es those repeatable actions that reliably assist physicians to promote holistic healing. METHODSThis study was a qualitative inquiry consisting of in-depth, openended, semis… Show more

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“…He views spirituality as an important aspect of healing. Other findings of this study are that suffering is transcended when invested with meaning congruent with a new sense of personal wholeness, and that wholeness of personhood is facilitated through personal relationships that are marked by continuity (Egnew, 2005). Egnew (2005) concludes that developing a sense of personal wholeness involved the physical, emotional, intellectual, social and spiritual aspects of human experience.…”
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confidence: 65%
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“…He views spirituality as an important aspect of healing. Other findings of this study are that suffering is transcended when invested with meaning congruent with a new sense of personal wholeness, and that wholeness of personhood is facilitated through personal relationships that are marked by continuity (Egnew, 2005). Egnew (2005) concludes that developing a sense of personal wholeness involved the physical, emotional, intellectual, social and spiritual aspects of human experience.…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 65%
“…Measuring general well-being entails the assessment of positive states of functioning and/or the factors contributing to the quality of life (MacDonald & Friedman, 2002), taking the physical, emotional, intellectual, social and spiritual aspects of human experience into account (Egnew, 2005).…”
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confidence: 99%
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“…The study by Egnew 21 "draws our attention back to the original intent of being a doctor, where technical knowledge and medical interventions need to be used in service of the person of the patient." 22 "A response to suffering and the ordeal that it causes patients may most call for healers to 'be present.'…”
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confidence: 99%
“…Suffering is inherent in illness and creates a crisis for examining one's purpose in life, life's meaning, and what is truly important. Egnew (2005) believes that the sharing of suffering in the context of the provider-patient relationship establishes a "connection" in which healing can occur, and this healing reduces the isolation of suffering, enables the patient to reformulate meaning and purpose, and offers the patient the ability to transcend suffering. Within this connected relationship, patients can be helped to recognize their own internal spiritual resources, and treatment choices can be grounded in the individual rather than the illness, thus maximizing function while also reducing suffering (Cassell, 1999;Egnew, 2005), all "with the goal of preserving intactness and integrity" (Egnew 2005, p. 260).…”
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