FEATURESpiritual Practice A Literature Review Related to Spiritual Health and Health OutcomesComo, June M. MSA, MS, RN, CCRN, CCNS Author Information Faculty-Department of Nursing, College of Staten Island, City University of New York. Corresponding Author: June M. Como, MSA, MS, RN, CCRN, CCNS, Faculty-Department of Nursing, College of Staten Island, City University of New York, New York, NY 10301 ([email protected]). The author thanks Kathleen O'Connell, PhD, RN, FAAN, Isabel Maitland Professor of Nursing Education, Teachers' College Columbia University, and Colleen Dyer, MA, Program Coordinator, BSN Co-op Program, College of Nursing and Health Professions, Drexel University, in the preparation of this manuscript. Holistic Nursing Practice: September 2007 - Volume 21 - Issue 5 - p 224-236 doi: 10.1097/01.HNP.0000287986.17344.02 Buy Metrics Abstract Spirituality and the expression of spirituality have received renewed interest in both nursing and nonnursing literature over the last 20 years. Scholars in spirituality studies have contributed to the wealth of both qualitative and quantitative data that exist. Spiritual practices that facilitate spiritual health are embedded within many nursing interventions. The purpose of this review is to provide an overview of empirical and associated nursing literature on spiritual practices. Definitions of spirituality and spiritual health are included, and theoretical underpinnings of the empirical literature are discussed. Relation of spiritual practice as a health behavior is presented with implications for future research identified. © 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.