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Spirituality Need Assessment
Elsamma Philip
Grand Canyon University HLT- 310 V
Verree Laughlin
June 10, 2012

Spirituality Need Assessment
Numerous studies conducted showed positive correlation between spirituality and treatment outcomes (Oakley, P.T., D.H.Sc, Katz, Sauer, Dent, & Millar, 2010). Therefore spiritual needs of the patient must be meet by the healthcare professional. The spiritual needs of the patient can be analyzed and recognized in the process of spiritual assessment. The spiritual assessment consists of a survey/ questionnaire that helps the caregiver get information on the patients spiritual demands. The spiritual assessment allows the healthcare provider to meet the spiritual demands of the patient and their family. This enables the patient to receive holistic treatment which includes recognizing and responding to the physical, psychological, spiritual and emotional needs of the patient (Bruce, 2007). According to the joint commission anyone who is trained on the value of spiritual assessment and tools such as physicians, therapists, nurses, and clinical pastoral staff can assess the patient’s spirituality (Evaluating your Spiritual Assessment Process, 2005). The Joint Commission has also provided some guidelines to create a spiritual assessment that would meet the spiritual demands of the patient. Using these guidelines, a spiritual assessment is made to assess the spiritual needs of a friend who is currently a healthcare provider.
Spiritual Need Assessment Tool
1) Who or what provides the patient with strength and hope?
2) Is there a role of church/synagogue in the patient's life?
3) What are the patient's spiritual goals?
4) What type of spiritual/religious support does the patient desire?
5) How does your faith help the patient cope with…...

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