The strength to cope: spirituality and faith in chronic disease

Nalika Unantenne, Narelle Louise Warren, Rachel Elizabeth Canaway, Lenore Hilda Manderson

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The lifelong management of a chronic condition requires considerable mental fortitude and commitment in social adjustment and adherence to medical advice. In examining strategies of adaptation, we draw on ethnographic research, including interviews with 69 people with type 2 diabetes and/or cardiovascular disease. We explore how they incorporate spirituality into their self-management routines, with positive impact on their health and wellbeing, and highlight the role of spiritual practices in supporting people with chronic conditions mentally, physically and socially, so encouraging personal responsibility for one s health and wellbeing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1147 - 1161
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Religion and Health
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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