How to Approach a Physician about Your Spiritual Needs – Episode 341

Health, Hope & Inspiration

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Featuring: Rev. Percy McCray

Published: November 19, 2022

What happens when the worlds of medicine and faith come together?

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Show Notes:

Show host Rev. Percy McCray moderates a conversation to decompress the not often discussed oxymoron of having a discussion with one’s physician during medical treatment about their spirituality, and the value it may add to the patient’s medical journey.

Historically, the intersection of spirituality and medicine from a health care conversation perspective would probably never happen in the doctor’s office, but with support of clinical data purporting emotional and psychological benefits of spiritual beliefs and practices during the rigors of medical treatment, the time has come to delineate the value of embracing how faith and medicine can complement one another.

This conversation will bring attention to the fact that many patients desire to engage their health care team about their faith, which has created an important shift in the patient-doctor relationship.

Press play now and listen to effective ways to consider how one may engage their health care provider about their spiritual needs.


  • “Have you ever felt uncomfortable with discussing your spiritual needs with your physician, and why?”
  • “When confronted with sickness and disease, people turn to their spirituality, and they lean into their faith.”
  • “The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations states, for many patients, pastoral care and other spiritual services are an integral part of health care and daily life. And the hospital or health care setting environment is able to provide for pastoral care and other spiritual services for patients who request them.”

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