Existential wellbeing in healthcare contexts
Health is more than a medical issue. Cultural, spatial, financial, physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and existential factors all play a role in how healthy we feel and behave. Healthcare should reflect this multidimensionality in a holistic, person centered approach. Attention to meaning-making and worldview is a good starting point for this, because the fundamental life values of a person are expressed here. An understanding of these fundamental values contributes to making life choices, resilience and subjective health.
But how do you ensure that attention to meaning-making and worldviews is embedded in care education and care provision? What are the existential, physical, social, emotional and financial effects of this so-called spiritual care? How do we define health, meaning, worldview and existential wellbeing anyway? And how can we assess those?
I investigate these questions primarily from the perspectives of health psychology and psychology of religion. I use both quantitative and qualitative methods to do this, such as in-depth interviews, observation and self-report questionnaires.
What type of expertise can the cluster supply, and who is it aimed at?
I would like to partner in research projects or education on physical health, coping and care provision in which attention is given to meaning-making and/or spiritual care. I am experienced at questionnaire construction and quantitative data-analysis, about which I can also provide advice.
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