Spiritual Needs Assessment and Reflection

SpiritualNeeds Assessment and Reflection

SpiritualNeeds Assessment and Reflection

Thefollowing interviewee`s involvement as a patient was vital in theassessment of spiritual needs.

PartI: The Interview Process

1.Do you regard yourself as a religious individual?

Answer:yes, God forms the cornerstone of my life and it has always been myduty to remain a religious individual.

2.Are you a member of any denomination?

Answer:Yes, I belong to the Catholic Church and I often dedicate time forworship even if I do not manage to attend the Wednesday’s womenbible study.

3.Would you consider it important to obtain support from the church ifin any case you become hospitalized?

Answer:Obviously, since I believe in the power of prayers, I would nothesitate to welcome the engagement of our church members.

4.What is your way of expressing faith?

Answer:I have made it a norm to pray on everyday basis irrespective of whereI am. It gives me peace and strength needed for good health.Additionally, I read religious books and the bible since I get muchpleasure from doing that.

5.By spiritually reflecting yourself, how does faith enable you to dealwith illnesses?

Answer:Certainly, I do not desire to fall ill, but whenever I find myself insuch a situation, I put faith first and gain confidence thateverything is the will of the Almighty. Besides, I do not fearsuffering or death because I understand that all are his plans andthe ultimate result is paradise.

6.In what way would you wish to gain spiritual support from healthcarepractitioners around you?

Answer:First, it can be a wonderful idea if they believe in God. Theirparticipation can be substantial whenever I want someone to help mein interpreting the gospel.

PartII: Analysis

Thequestionnaire included six queries that were useful in formulating acomprehensive spiritual assessment tool. The interviewee was a49-year old woman of Hispanic origin. Her strong stand inChristianity proved that healing has a positive relation withspirituality. The dialogue was a satisfying experience as the womanseemed relaxed and at ease with the topic. The exchange went foralmost 50 minutes and most of the interviewee’s responses wererelatively extensive. However, her explanations were revised to suitthe paper and for understandability.


Thetime taken to conduct the assessment, when translated in medicalterms, can be a considerable challenge in health care sector wheretime is always limited. In this case, the long duration may have beenthe subject of the casualness of the non-hospital surrounding, theoral discussion, as well as the participant’s comfort with herlocality. In this view, a better assessment process would need tohave patients completing questionnaires before the review process. Itmay lead to a precise and more desirable response. Similarly, thechallenge could have resulted from the discomfort of the physician inperforming the assessment. In real world scenario, health carespecialists have been trying to perfect in physical assessments butwith little training on spiritual interventions. As a result, healthcare professionals have found it challenging to speak aboutspirituality and faith with patients. Nursing encourages anall-inclusive perception of care as it integrates the patient’sbody, spirit, and mind. Various studies have helped in understandingthe correlation between patients’ ability to heal and spirituality(Govier, 2011). Even though Joint Commission demands that there mustbe constant spiritual evaluation for the sick, it does not offer thedetails of the procedure.

Importanceof the Tool

Conductingassessment on spiritual needs offers health care practitioners withknowledge that can assist in satisfying the demands of variouspatients. It can boost the relationship between patients andprofessionals. In addition, using an effective assessment tool canprovide nurses with the strategies to approach noncompliant subjectsand an avenue to explore resources that can facilitate patient reliefand healing process (Ødbehr &amp Danbolt, 2014). Moreover, the useof a proper assessment tool followed by intensive training of staffcan better the process of nursing and lead to a wide-ranging patientcare.


Theinterview was important in showing how illness and suffering canamplify the spiritual quest of the interviewee. Galek and Galek(2015) state that caregivers mainly consider intensive assessment asan essential for successful spiritual care (Galek and Galek, 2015).The strongest point of this tool of assessment is that it involves anaccurate questionnaire that almost every patient can complete beforebeing reviewed by health practitioners. Additionally, the strategycan make it easy to determine the strengths that patients have forcoping, their support mechanisms, and it can also help as a guide tospiritual care. For example, in the present case, it led to thediscovery of devotional materials, prayers, chaplain support as wellas the church as meaningful survival supports for the woman.Furthermore, the tool allows for a discussion that is less scientificbetween the practitioner and patient and this can increase theirinterpersonal rapport. O`brien (2013) maintains that well-informedand short exchanges provide divine benefits for a majority ofpatients (O`brien, 2013). In the above situation, minor issues suchas the presence of a Bible and motivational books for the patient orpriest visit could provide remarkable spiritual healing.


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Galek,K., &amp Galek, R. M. (2015). Assessing a patient`s spiritual needs:a comprehensive instrument. HolisticNursing Practice,19(2),62-69.

JointCommission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations:MedicalRecord-Spiritual Assessment (2016)Retrieved from https://www.jointcommission.org/standards_information/jcfaqdetails.aspx?StandardsFA QId=765&ampStandardsFAQChapterId=78&ampProgramId=0&ampChapterId=0&ampIsFeatured=False &ampIsNew=False&ampKeyword=

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Ødbehr,L., &amp Danbolt, L. J. (2014). Nurses’ and care workers’experiences of spiritual needs in residents with dementia in nursinghomes: a qualitative study. BMCnursing,13(1),1.