Spiritual Needs Assessment Tool

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Running head: THE SPIRITUAL NEEDS ASSESSMENT TOOL The Spiritual Needs Assessment Tool Grand Canyon University Spirituality in Health Care HLT-310V September 06, 2011 The Spiritual Needs Assessment Tool For health care providers to deliver the best holistic care that patients deserve, a thorough spiritual assessment must be included during their care. With more research showing a relationship between supporting a patient’s spirituality with their health and ability to cope with illness, it is now a requirement of organizations to include a spiritual assessment to maintain accreditation with The Joint Commission. The minimum required of a spiritual assessment by The Joint Commission is to determine the patient’s religion and…show more content…
One’s spirituality is a very sensitive subject and I don’t want to make anyone feel that I am asking these questions simply because I have to. I want to show that I have a genuine interest in their spiritual well-being. I found an article taken from the Journal of Christian Nursing that recommended using a tool with acronyms, making it easy to remember all that should be included in a spiritual assessment. This may help with eliminating that impersonal feel (Dameron, 2005). I also found an article from the Australian Journal of Pastoral Care and Health that evaluated several tools (CSI-MEMO, FICA, HOPE, FAITH and SPIRIT) and presented the FACT (faith, active/available/accessible, coping/comfort/conflict, treatment plan) tool as the best for an acute care setting to be utilized by pastoral services and other health care providers (LaRocca-Pitts, 2009). I have familiarized myself with these tools and will use them as a reference in the future. Some barriers that may inhibit one’s ability to complete a spiritual assessment are: poor timing, lack of training, discomfort with the subject matter (patient or provider), provider’s uncertainty of own spirituality, concepts of spirituality differ among all, and a lack of clues and/or cues by the patient that may open the doors to initiate a genuine conversation (Dameron, 2005; Joint Commission, 2005). It is important the health care provider maintains a non-judgmental approach and must be careful not to impose his or her

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