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Hampton Press


In this chapter, Ellingson argues that the comprehensive geriatric assessment ( CGA) , which is used in the development of treatment plans for elderly individuals in poor health, has failed to acknowledge the import of some aspects of the elderly patient's life experiences. Ellingson uses case study analysis to demonstrate the significance of spiritual and religious beliefs and practices and suggests that the CGA model should be expanded to include explicit coverage of spirituality and religious issues.

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Spirituality and health communication


M. Wills


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