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Spirituality Assessment
Melissa Smith
Penn State University

Spirituality Assessment

Research
Here are a few of GWish's primary research efforts:
Spirituality and Religion Survey of Medical Students
This series of surveys evaluates spirituality and medicine course at the George Washington University Medical School, which is part of the Practice of Medicine (POM) curriculum. The PIs, Dr. Puchalski and Dr. Sean Cleary, conduct annual in-class surveys of each class, which began in 2003 with the class of 2007 to determine the effectiveness of spirituality and medicine curriculum. This study will survey students into their residency and subsequent practice
2001 Survey of U.S. Medical/Osteopathic Schools
Drs. Puchalski and Cleary conducted a survey of the curricula in the 144 medical/osteopathic schools in the United States to determine the courses, classes, and topics (required and elective) in spirituality and health.
The 85 (59%) respondents reported teaching 155 spirituality/religion courses, an average of 1.8 courses per school. Of the 155 courses, 43% (n=67) were integrated in the curriculum and 57% (n=88) were standalone courses, with the majority of the courses (70%) being required. Followup calls to initial nonrespondents resulted in findings that 101 of the 144 schools have courses in spirituality and health.
A similar survey was conducted of medical schools in Canada. Of the 17 medical schools in Canada, 76% responded noting at least one topic related to spirituality in humanities or ethics courses. No school, however, listed spirituality as one of the top important topics. Qualitative comments indicated the interest for more formal curricular initiatives.
The Spirituality and will to Live in HIV/AIDS patients
This study on the will to live in patients with HIV/AIDS was conducted by The George Washington University in conjunction with the…...

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