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Spirituality in the Medical Practice of Physicians from HC-FMUSP

Grant number: 11/09584-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): April 01, 2012
Effective date (End): March 31, 2013
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Medicine
Principal researcher:Maria do Patrocínio Tenório Nunes
Grantee:Júlio César Gagliardi Filho
Home Institution: Hospital das Clínicas da Faculdade de Medicina da USP (HCFMUSP). Secretaria da Saúde (São Paulo - Estado). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


Spirituality, usually misunderstood as religiosity, is not a new subject in medicine. Recently, there has been a growth in the number of publications and scientific studies that states its importance to the patient, while dealing with diseases or even in the embetterment of the treatment results. However, the role of spirituality still demands a great effort in order to be accepted and understood in medical practice. For this reason, its necessay to increase the researches concerning medical education and spirituality. The main studies concerning spirituality and medical education are results of foreign studies and almost nothing was produced in Brazil. Researchs are mostly centered in tracing physicians spiritual profile and the way spirituality is dealed in their clinical practice. Following this model, this study intends to define how spirituality is inserted in the personal and professional lifes of a group of physicians linked to Hospital das Clínicas da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo (HCFMUSP). About 600 physicians will answer a previously validated questionnary, based in already published studies on the subject. So, this project intends to understand how the physicians in Brazils largest hospital complex deal with spirituality in their clinical practice and personal life, contributting to the advance in medical education researches and the development of a curriculum where spirituality has its place.

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