Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Spirituality and Health

Publishing date
25 Oct 2013
Submission deadline
07 Jun 2013

Lead Editor

1Department of Quality of Life, Spirituality and Coping, Center for Integrative Medicine, Faculty of Health, Witten/Herdecke University, 58448 Witten, Germany

2Department of Caritas Sciences and Christian Social Work, Faculty of Theology, University of Freiburg, 79085 Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

3Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southern Denmark, 5230 Odense, Denmark

4Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health, Duke University, Durham, NC 27710, USA

5George Washington Institute for Spirituality & Health, George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Washington, DC 20036, USA

6School of Divinity, History and Philosophy, King's College University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen AB24 3UB, UK

Spirituality and Health


An increasing number of studies have examined the connection between spirituality/religiosity, quality of life, and health. However, the impact of spirituality on health is multishaded and a matter of methodological controversy because one has to deal with cognitive approaches, subsequent practices, specific behaviors, reactive strategies, and interventions (i.e., praying, meditation, and mindfulness). Because of this complexity, an interdisciplinary perspective seems appropriate.

This special issue is thus open for any approach from different disciplines which will shed new light on the impact of spirituality on health and illness. As spirituality we would broadly define all attempts to find meaning, purpose, and hope in relation to the Sacred (which may have either a religious or a nonreligious connotation), as a commitment to a higher principle in life which has an impact on cognition, emotion, and behavior.

We invite investigators to contribute original research and review articles. Besides epidemiological and interventional trials and review articles, we also encourage profound theoretical articles which describe the framework of this unique field of integrative medicine. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Epidemiological studies on the interconnection of health and specific aspects of religiosity/ spirituality
  • Studies on the impact of secular forms of spirituality on health
  • Interventional studies on specific practices, that is meditation, mindfulness, praying, forgiveness, and so on
  • Analysis of spiritual needs of patients with chronic diseases
  • Spiritual transformation in response to chronic health or severe trauma
  • Profound hypotheses and models regarding the mode of action (amenable to empirical testing)
  • Neurohormonal approaches to spirituality and health

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal's Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/ecam/spirit/ according to the following timetable:


  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 765419
  • - Research Article

Secular, Spiritual, and Religious Existential Concerns of Women with Ovarian Cancer during Final Diagnostics and Start of Treatment

Lene Seibaek | Lise Hounsgaard | Niels Christian Hvidt
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 949838
  • - Research Article

Ego and Spiritual Transcendence: Relevance to Psychological Resilience and the Role of Age

Barbara Hanfstingl
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 913247
  • - Research Article

Spiritual Needs of Elderly Living in Residential/Nursing Homes

Nora-Beata Erichsen | Arndt Büssing
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 353262
  • - Research Article

Spiritual Therapy to Improve the Spiritual Well-Being of Iranian Women with Breast Cancer: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Najmeh Jafari | Ziba Farajzadegan | ... | Nooshin Jafari
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 734392
  • - Research Article

Aspects of Spirituality in Medical Doctors and Their Relation to Specific Views of Illness and Dealing with Their Patients' Individual Situation

Arndt Büssing | Almut Tabea Hirdes | ... | Peter Heusser
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 246797
  • - Research Article

Spiritual Dryness as a Measure of a Specific Spiritual Crisis in Catholic Priests: Associations with Symptoms of Burnout and Distress

Arndt Büssing | Andreas Günther | ... | Christoph Jacobs
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