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BY 4.0 license Open Access Published by De Gruyter 2023

Existential public health and existential care in secular and interfaith contexts

From the book Complexities of Spiritual Care in Plural Societies

  • Cecilia Melder


The existential dimension, sometimes referred to as the religious or spiritual dimension, is essential for health and health-related quality of life (HQoL). Research has established a significant link between the existential health dimension and various conditions and diagnoses. The lack of an established definition of the existential dimension constitutes a challenge. Therefore, the starting point in this article is operationalisation. The World Health Organization (WHO) developed a transcultural survey for measuring health-related quality of life, including a model for spiritual, religious, and personal beliefs (WHOQOL-SRPB). This article first presents existential aspects relevant to HQoL and then a model for systematic existential health interventions with the SRPB aspects. Finally, it presents the Social Determinants of Health (SDH) model with the addition of the existential health dimension.

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