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Harlod g koenigs book spirituality in patient care why how when and what addresses this gap and argues for the inclusion of patients religious and spiritual life as an essential element in patient centered medicine 8. If we take the time to evaluate our own spiritual issues even those of us who look at life primarily from a scientific perspective it seems we will have a better ability to work with patients on many levels and determine why they want or do not want a particular form of therapy or path of treatment. Every bit of what i know about the integration of spirituality into clinical practice learned over twenty years is contained in this book koenig addresses the whys hows whens and whats of patient centered integration of spirituality into patient care including details on the health related sacred traditions for each major religious group. Since the publication of the first edition of spirituality in patient care in 2002 the book has earned a reputation as the authoritative introduction to the subject for health professionals interested in identifying and addressing the spiritual needs of patients the body of research on religion spirituality and health continues to grow at a dramatic rate creating an urgent need for a new . This landmark handbook for health professionals interested in identifying and addressing the spiritual needs of patients has been significantly revised and expanded over the past five years since the first edition was written there has been increased research on the relationships among religion