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Spirituality, Religiousness and Health

From Research to Clinical Practice

  • Giancarlo Lucchetti
  • Mario Fernando Prieto Peres
  • Rodolfo Furlan Damiano
  • Translates research findings into practice

  • Is a user-friendly scientific book

  • Enlightens health undergraduates, professionals, physicians, post-graduates and researchers


Part of the Religion, Spirituality and Health: A Social Scientific Approach book series (RELSPHE, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Spirituality, Religiousness and Health Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Rodolfo F. Damiano, Mario F. P. Peres, Marina A. B. Sena
      Pages 3-10
    3. Miguel Farias, Guy Kahane, Nicholas Shackel
      Pages 49-67
    4. Alexandre de Rezende-Pinto, Cristiane Silva Curcio Schumann, Alexander Moreira-Almeida
      Pages 69-86
    5. Marcelo Saad, Jorge Cecilio Daher Jr, Roberta de Medeiros
      Pages 87-100
    6. Juliane Piasseschi de Bernardin Gonçalves, Homero Vallada
      Pages 101-113
    7. Giancarlo Lucchetti, Luciano Magalhães Vitorino, Fabio Nasri, Alessandra Lamas Granero Lucchetti
      Pages 115-130
  3. Clinical Implications of Spirituality, Religiousness and Health

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. Letícia Oliveira Alminhana, Claude Robert Cloninger
      Pages 153-165
    3. George Fitchett, Annelieke Damen, Cheryl Holmes, Allison Kestenbaum, Steve Nolan
      Pages 183-206
    4. Bianca Sakamoto Ribeiro Paiva, Carlos Eduardo Paiva
      Pages 235-247
    5. Giancarlo Lucchetti, Lidia Maria Gonçalves, Alberto Gorayeb de Carvalho Ferreira, Jorge Cecilio Daher Jr, Alessandra Lamas Granero Lucchetti
      Pages 249-265

About this book


This book provides an overview of the research on spirituality, religiousness and health, including the most important studies, conceptualization, instruments for measurement, types of studies, challenges, and criticisms. It covers essential information on the influence of spirituality and religiousness (S/R) in mental and physical health, and provides guidance for its use in clinical practice. The book discusses the clinical implications of the research findings, including ethical issues, medical/health education, how to take a spiritual history, and challenges in addressing these issues, all based on studies showing the results of incorporating S/R in clinical practice. It contains case reports to facilitate learning, and suggests educational strategies to facilitate teaching S/R to health professionals and students.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Giancarlo Lucchetti
    • 1
  • Mario Fernando Prieto Peres
    • 2
  • Rodolfo Furlan Damiano
    • 3
  1. 1.School of MedicineFederal University of Juiz de ForaJuiz de ForaBrazil
  2. 2.Hospital Israelita Albert EinsteinInstitute of Psychiatry, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, BrazilSão PauloBrazil
  3. 3.Institute of PsychiatryUniversity of São PauloSão PauloBrazil

About the editors

Dr. Giancarlo Lucchetti is a physician, specialized in Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine. He received his MD from the Santa Casa of São Paulo Medical School, Brazil and his PhD from the Federal University of São Paulo, Brazil. He currently works as an Associate Professor at the school of Medicine from the Federal University of Juiz de Fora (UFJF), Brazil. Currently, he is the leader of the Geriatric and Gerontology Research Group (NUGGER) and Research coordinator of the Department of Medical Education at UFJF. He also works supervising PhD students in the Health and Public Health programs at UFJF. He is also a Grantee of Research Productivity Scholarship – Level 2 in the area of Medicine for the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq). He is enrolled in several research projects concerning the following areas: “Geriatrics and Gerontology”, “Medical Education” and “Spirituality and Health”, being one of the most prolific authors in the area of "Spirituality and Health"in the last decade. He also serves as an editorial reviewer for several indexed journals and has currently more than 150 published or accepted articles in indexed scientific journals.

Dr. Mario Fernando Prieto Peres is a neurologist, Graduated in Medicine at Faculdade de Ciências Médicas da Santa Casa de São Paulo (1995), PhD at Universidade Federal de São Paulo (2000). Fellowship at Jefferson Headache Center, Philadelphia, Fellow of the American College of Physicians. Main research lines are migraine comorbidity, chronobiology, melatonin, spirituality and health. Member of the Board of Trustees of the International Headache Society. Member of the steering committee of Brain Research Institute, Albert Einstein Hospital. President of ABRACES, Association for headache patient advocacy. Member of the Core Team of the Global Headache Patient Advocacy Coalition. Secretary of the Brazilian Headache Society.

Dr. Rodolfo Furlan Damiano is a psychiatry resident at Institute of Psychiatry of University of São Paulo (USP). Graduated in Medicine from Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (2011-2017), receiving scholarship from Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program (CAPES) to study at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (2014-2015). Member of the Health, Spirituality and Religiosity Program (Pro-SER) and former member of the Brazilian Medical Spiritist Association - Student Department. Co-editor of the books "A new medicine for a new millennium: the humanization of the medical education" and "Letters to Dr. Bezerra de Menezes", both published in Brazilian Portuguese language. Also, he ia a co-autor of the book "O Problema do Ser, do Destino e da Dor: 100 anos Depois". He also worked as a technical reviewer of the Brazilian third edition of Dr. Harold Koenig Book "Spirituality in Patient Care". His research areas are "Spirituality and Health", "Medical Education", "Empathy", and "Learning Environment".

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Spirituality, Religiousness and Health
  • Book Subtitle From Research to Clinical Practice
  • Editors Giancarlo Lucchetti
    Mario Fernando Prieto Peres
    Rodolfo Furlan Damiano
  • Series Title Religion, Spirituality and Health: A Social Scientific Approach
  • Series Abbreviated Title Religion, Spirituality and Health: A Social Scientific Approach
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science and Psychology Behavioral Science and Psychology (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-21220-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-21223-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-21221-6
  • Series ISSN 2627-6011
  • Series E-ISSN 2627-602X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIX, 265
  • Number of Illustrations 13 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Health Psychology
    Sociology of Religion
    Religion and Health
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