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Spiritual Assessment

Feb 26, 2016 | 0 comments

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Spiritual Assessment

 

Introduction

Spiritual assessments provide physicians with a clear understanding of what gives the patients meaning to life as well as their source of strength hence a better understanding on how to approach their healing process (Stanworth, (2004). It also assists patients with terminal illness deal with their condition and in decision making regarding treatment choices available to them. The interview’s analysis focuses on the tool’s effectiveness, challenges and spiritual’s beliefs impact on patient’s health.

Development of Assessment

Shamy’s (2003) assertion that everyone identifies him/herself with a set of spiritual beliefs and people’s spiritual growth being guided as well as driven by one another, and Riedner, Fegg, Hauf, & Borasio’s (2006) claim that spiritual beliefs being proven to be related to human’s overall wellbeing as it affects individual’s view of life were my guiding principles in the formation of the tool. The description by Stanworth (2004) concerning physicians’ role in the patients healing process which is being supportive also contributed.

Background

Ann is a patient recently diagnosed with acute cancer and is admitted at the hospital. The news about her health condition caught her by surprise making her extremely devastated and stressed. She constantly felt sorry for herself to an extent of relenting treatment as she felt completely worthless generally to the society and her loving and supportive family.

Description of Assessment Time

The evaluation of the patient’s spiritual requirements was successful. She seemed completely open and proud of her beliefs and was enthusiastic to share them with me. I would incorporate a few factors to future assessments but would depend on a number of factors including age and type of illness. Apart from her surprising request regarding reading the Bible loud to her, the interview’s complication was not interfered with. The fact that patients are different concerning their level of openness may present a challenge in future since the tool applied in these assessment employed precise questions that may be inadequate for some patients yet time is a factor. The patient’s beliefs gave her courage to face cancer as she believed it was God’s desire and that God will see her through. I was initially nervous but during the interview I realized I had outstanding communication skills. I was touched by her faith in God and how her spiritual beliefs seem to remind her of how her life was precious. This tool would help me understand elements that lift the patients’ spirits when feeling low or in the verge of giving up.

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Conclusion

In summary, assessing the spiritual beliefs of terminally heal patients aid in planning a suitable treatment plan. Spiritual believes has been proven to be the source of people’s strength in times of crisis and their inclusion into the healing process elicit positive outcomes. The model developed was effective as it was open-ended and unbiased thus provided the information needed as to incorporate in the patient’s healing process although its effectiveness in future hangs on the balance.

References

Frick, E., Riedner, C., Fegg, M. J., Hauf, S., & Borasio, G.D. (2006). A clinical interview assessing cancer patients’ spiritual needs and preferences. European Journal of Cancer Care. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2354.2005.00646.x

Shamy, E. (2003). A guide to the spiritual dimension of care for people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia: More than body, brain, and breath. London: J. Kingsley Publishers.

Stanworth, R. (2004). Recognizing spiritual needs in people who are dying. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Spiritual Needs Assessment Tool

(WEEPS) is the tool I developed and applied during the interview.

W. What. What are the aspects that patients believe give meaning to life? What are the patient’s spiritual or religious beliefs?

E. Exhibit: What practices do patients engage in to display their spiritual beliefs?

E. Effects: In what manner do these beliefs influence patients’ well being?

P. Partner: Are there people who are part of the patients’ spiritual world?

S. Support: How can I assist the patients in meeting all their vital spiritual requirements?

Transcript

Me: Ann (patient), I am here to talk to you regarding your spiritual beliefs as agreed earlier if you do not mind. I will ask you a few questions so just relax, feel free and answer truthfully since no one is passing judgments. Should I commence?

Ann: Yes.

Me: You have been recently diagnosed with acute cancer. How do you feel?

Ann: Hurt and scared.

Me: In times like this, during crisis, where do you draw your strength and motivation from?

Ann: I am a staunch Christian with a strong belief in God.

Me: How does your belief in Christianity affects your health?

Ann: I strongly believe in God’s endless love, care and hope that he would help me through hard times as he is the provider and all things comes from him.

Me: Is there a community or group of the faithful you belong to?

Ann: I am a member of St Mary’s Catholic Church. I am also part of a prayer group that meets thrice in a week to build our selves spiritually and pray.

Me: Are there any particular spiritual practices you engage in during crisis that calms you done and gives you a sense of satisfaction?

Ann: I like some time to pray, read the bible and listen to slow gospel music.

Me: How can assist you in upholding your Christian values and practices during your stay in the hospital?

Ann: If you ensure, my favorite gospel songs are played every morning and evening and read Bible verses to me- I will really be grateful. You can also ask my Chaplin to come and give me spiritual advice.

Me: Thank you for your time. Hope you feel better.

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