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Training Healthcare Providers to Treat Their Patients’ Spiritual Needs

When you visit the doctor, you probably focus on getting answers to treat the specific, physical problem that’s bothering you. And that’s hard enough as it is. But what happens when a diagnosis might change your life – or even threaten it? Sometimes patients need more than just medical information, according to the Institute for […]

Houston Matters microphonesWhen you visit the doctor, you probably focus on getting answers to treat the specific, physical problem that’s bothering you. And that’s hard enough as it is. But what happens when a diagnosis might change your life – or even threaten it?

Sometimes patients need more than just medical information, according to the Institute for Spirituality and Health at the Texas Medical Center. The nonprofit trains medical students and healthcare providers to be better prepared to handle human needs beyond specific treatments.

To learn more, we talk with Dr. John Graham, the institute’s president, and Stuart Nelson, its vice president.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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