An interprofessional educational approach to teaching spiritual assessment

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Submitted by National Center... on Mar 14, 2014 - 11:14am CDT

Spirituality is an essential aspect of a patient's health that can and should be integrated into routine health care. Despite recommendations of accrediting organizations such as the Association of American Medical Colleges, the National Association of Social Workers, and the Association of Professional Chaplains, there is little well defined curriculum focusing on interprofessional spiritual assessment. This article explores one program's use of an interprofessional approach in teaching spiritual assessment to students from medicine, social work, and chaplaincy. Learning objectives were adapted from the Association of American Medical Colleges Medical School Objectives Project. Workshop evaluations show that students can learn key concepts of spirituality and the basics of spiritual assessment while developing an understanding and respect for the role of chaplains, social workers, and physicians.

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Lennon-Dearing, Robin
Florence, Joseph A
Halvorson, Helene
Pollard, James T
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Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy. 18(3-4):121-32, 2012.