SPIRITUAL NEEDS ASSESSMENT

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SPIRITUAL NEEDS ASSESSMENT

SpiritualNeeds Assessment

PartI

Spiritualneeds assessment tool

Faith and religious beliefs.

  1. What are your religious beliefs and values?

  2. Which values gives a meaning to your life?

Influence of the religious beliefs and values

  1. Are religious beliefs and values important in your life?

  2. Can you identify any religious explanations for diseases and illnesses?

  3. How does religion affects how you deal with health problems?

  4. Does faith has a role to play in the healing process?

Affiliation to religious communities

  1. Are you affiliated to any religious community or society?

  2. What is the role of the community in your health and healing?

  3. How important are the members of your community to you?

Address

  1. Would you like your religious beliefs and values be incorporated in your treatment?

  2. If yes, how?

Interviewtranscript

  1. What are your religious beliefs and values?

Iam a committed Christian and a dedicated Catholic.

  1. Which values gives a meaning to your life?

Beinghonest and living a moral life.

  1. Are religious beliefs and values important in your life?

Myreligion has a lot of meaning in my life. It influences my social andmoral life.

  1. Can you identify any religious explanations for diseases and illnesses?

Yes.God has a control over illnesses.

  1. How does religious affects how you deal with health problems?

Religionis important in dealing with health problems because the teaching ofthe church touches on the morality of some medical interventions andprocedures.

  1. Does faith has a role to play in the healing process?

Ibelieve in the power of prayers. Doctors treat but God heals.

  1. Are you affiliated to any religious community or society?

Yes.I am a dedicated member of my local church as well as a smallChristian community in my neighborhood.

  1. What is the role of the community in your health and healing?

Mysmall Christian community visit sick members of the group where wepray together and provide moral support to the family.

  1. How important are the members of the community to you?

Themembers of the small Christian community are my immediate neighborsand closest friend.

  1. Would you like your religious beliefs and values be incorporated in your treatment? If yes, how?

Yes.I would like to be adequately informed about all procedures in orderto make an informed decision.

PartII

Religiousbeliefs and values have a huge influence on individual’s attitudestowards health care. The health care choices often take intoconsideration religious teachings. Consequently, assessment of thespiritual needs of the patient is essential in health care. Theevaluation allows the health care provider to identify theopportunities and challenges that are associated with the beliefs andvalues (Saguil, 2012).

Thespiritual needs assessment tool played a critical role in profilingthe client. The patient is a 43 years old female. She is LatinAmerican and a very dedicated Catholic. The lady was very cooperativein answering the question, which was essential in understanding herspecial needs. There were no barriers or challenges to the use of thetool, and therefore I would use it in the future. Fortunately, noreligious beliefs and values impacted negatively on the healthprocedures. The tool enabled the medical team to make importantdecisions about the patient. For example, the members of the ‘SmallChristian Community’, although not her relatives, could be allowedto visit her without restrictions. The spiritual and moral supportoffered by this group had an influence on the woman’s physical andmental health. Despite her strong religious beliefs, they did nothave negative impacts on her health. Her faith was a source of hope,and therefore had a positive impact on clinical outcomes.

References

Benito,E. et al. (2014). Development and Validation of a New Tool for theAssessment and Spiritual Care of Palliative Care Patients. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management,47(6): pp 1008–1018.

Saguil,A. (2012). The Spiritual Assessment.Am Fam Physician,86(6): pp 546-550.

Sharma,R. et al. (2012). The Spiritual Needs Assessment for Patients (SNAP):Development and Validation of a Comprehensive Instrument to AssessUnmet Spiritual Needs. Journalof Pain and Symptom Management.44(1): pp 44–51.