Korean J Hosp Palliat Care.  2020 Mar;23(1):1-4. 10.14475/kjhpc.2020.23.1.1.

Initial Spiritual Screening and Assessment: Five Things to Remember

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  • 1School of Nursing, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA, USA

Abstract

To deliver holistic and person-centered palliative care (PC), the spiritual dimension must also be assessed. However, many nurses do not screen for or assess patient spirituality. This article presents five things that PC nurses can consider in order to improve their spiritual screening and assessment practices. These points are as follows: (1) Understand that spirituality is manifest in a myriad of ways and is not the same thing as religiosity. (2) Screen for spiritual distress, and then later conduct a spiritual history or assessment. (3) Remember that spirituality is not just something to assess upon admission. (4) Know that there are many ways to assess spirituality (it is not merely how a patient verbally responds to a question about spirituality or religiosity). (5) Remember that assessment can also be therapeutic.

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Spirituality; Palliative care; Hospices; Nurses; Religion
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