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The Ramifications of Spirituality in Healthcare

Topic: Provider Roles in Spiritual Care
- Recall personal spiritual experiences or sacred encounters with other health care professionals and contrast them with the experiences of others.
- Develop a spiritual needs assessment tool and administer it to another person.
- Examine guidelines that health care providers follow in professional situations and compare permitted and restricted actions of various professional situations.

Spiritual Needs Assessment

1) Use the articles provided in the readings. The Joint Commission provides some guidelines for creating spiritual assessment tools for evaluating the spiritual needs of patients. Use these resources and any other guidelines/examples available, you can also make up your own tool for assessing the spiritual needs of patients.

Read "Evaluating your Spiritual Assessment Process," from the Joint Commission: The Source (2005), located on the Professional Chaplains Web site Issue 2 http://www.professionalchaplains.org/uploadedFiles/pdf/JCAHO-evaluating-your-spiritual-assessment-process.pdf.

Read "The Joint Commission Standards FAQ Details- Spiritual Assessment," located on the Joint Commission Web site at http://www.jointcommission.org/standards_information/jcfaqdetails.aspx?StandardsFaqId=290&ProgramId=1.

a) The spiritual needs assessment tool should include a minimum of five questions that can either be answered by the patient and/or by your observation of the patient. The information can be presented in a Word document, in a table, or questionnaire format.

2) Using your assessment tool questions, practice completing a spiritual assessment with either a patient, family member, or friend. Analyze the results.

a) Write a brief summary of the assessment findings.

b) What significant discoveries did you make about the individual you chose to assess?

c) What went well?

d) What would you do differently in the future?

e) Were there any barriers or challenges that inhibited your ability to complete the assessment tool? How would you address these in the future or change your assessment to better address these challenges?

f) Describe the spiritual experience you had with the patient, family member, or friend using this tool. How does this tool allow you to better meet the needs of the patient?

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Spiritual Assessment Tool Questions:

1. Do you consider yourself to be a very spiritual individual?

2. Do you attend a spiritual or worship facility in your local community?

3. Has your present health condition had any adverse affect on your spiritual beliefs, or practice the practice of your faith.

4. Is there anything that I can do to make it easier for you to practice your faith or belief system?

5. Do you think that your spiritual belief system or practice has a positive healing effect on you?

a. Assessment findings:

In conducting a spiritual assessment of a friend, the individual answered the first question with a yes to being a very spiritual person, which led me to believe that spirituality would have an impact on the individual's daily life. This individual also attended a worship facility within their community on a weekly basis, which tended to be a routine that they have been following for years, and is an integral part of their spiritual or religious life. This individual does not believe that any health conditions that he undergoes will have any adverse effects on his or her spiritual beliefs, due to the fact that this individual believes that we all experience trials and tribulations from time to time. This individual ...