Care homes normally only get headlines when there is a scandal involving the inhuman treatment of patients by care staff working in conditions so degrading that they could bring out the dark side in anybody.

So it is unusual to find a national newspaper medical correspondent treading the warm, welcoming corridors of a care unit where support is patently delivered with calm compassion. But this is a detective mission: I am on the trail of spirituality in health care.

Hundreds of scientific studies show how spiritual support can boost patients’ recovery and increase wellbeing. But too often the ...


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