Spirituality in Treatment and Medical Ethics
Author(s): Maryam Montazeri, Fariba Borhani, Saeid Nazari Tavakkoli
Background and Objective: although medical community was familiar with two concepts of treatment and ethics, spirituality of human life and development of medicine as well as diverse diseases highlighted the role of spirituality in treatment and medical ethics. This review evaluates the role of spirituality in treatment and medical ethics. Materials and Methods: textbooks and studies published since 2000 to 2015 available in Google, Google Scholar, PubMed, Science Direct Embase, Web of Science and Scopus were searched by the keywords "spirituality", "treatment", "medical ethics", and "holistic treatment" and reviewed. Results: 11 textbooks and studies emphasized the role of spirituality in treatment and medical ethics. Conclusion: Spirituality plays a significant role in treatment and medical ethics. Hence, it is suggested to take serious steps for internalizing spirituality in healthcare structures.