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Title: Neo-confucianism and physiotherapy : the mind-body-spirit connection
Authors: Dean, E
Keywords: Physiotherapy
Health care
Issue Date: 2001
Publisher: Elsevier
Source: Hong Kong physiotherapy journal, 2001, v. 19, no. 1, p. 3-8 How to cite?
Journal: Hong Kong physiotherapy journal 
Abstract: This article examines the influence of traditional Chinese philosophy, in particular Neo-Confucianism, on our understanding of health, ill health and health care
and its role in contemporary physiotherapy practice in Hong Kong and China. Neo-Confucianism, a blend of Taoism and Buddhism with traditional Confucianism, has been a principal influence on the beliefs, attitudes and values of the Chinese people for 2,000 years. These philosophies are discussed in the context of the dominance and limitations of Western-based health care practice
the implications for Eastern-based health care practices
the contemporary definition of health by the World Health Organization
and health care trends and reform in Hong Kong. The practice of physiotherapy in Hong Kong provides a template for merging Eastern and Western philosophies in health care. Merging these philosophies reinforces the mind-body-spirit connection as a basis for understanding health and health care needs, and addresses the limitations of either philosophy individually in contemporary health care. Further, merging Eastern and Western philosophies provides a framework for the global advancement and development of physiotherapy practice, professional education and research.
ISSN: 1013-7025
EISSN: 1876-441X
DOI: 10.1016/S1013-7025(09)70017-X
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