Health Care Practitioners and Dying Patients: Challenges of a Secular Society

Pentaris, Panagiotis. 2013. 'Health Care Practitioners and Dying Patients: Challenges of a Secular Society'. In: 2nd Symposium of Social Sciences in Eastern Europe. Wroclaw, Poland. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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A full understanding and a competent approach to dying patients will lead to qualitative service delivery, quality of life paradigms, and the well-being of the patients, which remains the final and incremental goal of health care practice. The modern world has developed on a parallel line with secularism; religious diversity and the tendency and belief not to belong anymore. This paper aims to illustrate the constructions of the secularization process in Britain, with indications for generalized meanings, in juxtaposition with the needs of the dying patients regarding the meanings of religion and non-religion. The review provided in this paper is supported by theoretical literature, but faces the challenge of the lack of scientific research on the subject. The arguments that are elaborated in the paper are also supported by the author’s current research project in the city of London.
The purpose of this piece of knowledge is client oriented, concerning social and health care. Practitioners ought to become competent, and maintain their competence throughout their professional course. Religious competence seems to have not been in the core of discussions, regardless the historical pathway that religious discourse has drawn since humans existed. The paper concludes with certain suggestions for future research and inclusive approaches regarding religious matters.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Social, Therapeutic & Community Engagement (STaCS)
Social, Therapeutic & Community Engagement (STaCS) > Faiths and Civil Society
Social, Therapeutic & Community Engagement (STaCS) > Social Work



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Wroclaw, Poland

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06 Mar 2015 14:59

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06 Oct 2022 08:40


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