Prayer and Healing

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Providing health care involves not only caring for physical health needs, but also caring for the psychological and emotional needs of the patients. This is because psychological and emotional condition of a person affects his health to a great extent.


During the interactions with the patient, it was found that the patient followed the Christian religion. Hence, the practice of prayer, which is ardently followed by Christians, was used as a method to cope with health challenges and overcome the fears. I was assigned as a health care provider to a 40 year old male patient He was hospitalized due to a severe heart attack that he suffered while working in his office. He was a manager in a software firm. He was hospitalized for more than a week now and was recovering from the heart attack. He was advised by the doctors to take rest for few days as it was evident that the workload and the deadline pressure at work have led to the heart attack. His wife told the doctors that he is a workaholic and never takes his mind off the work. The doctor assigned me with the job to make him realize that relaxing and ‘time off’ from work is important if he intends to live a healthy life in the future. However, it was not easy as the patient was quite distressed and disturbed with heart attack as he had never thought that something like this can happen to him. It was evident that the heart attack had left him shaken and depressed. In such a situation, I realized that what can give him strength was spirituality and religion. ...
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