THE INTRODUCTION AND EVALUATION OF A SPIRITUAL ASSESSMENT TOOL IN A PALLIATIVE CARE UNIT

Authors

  • Bruce Pierce Princess Margaret Hospital and Toronto General Hospital
  • Frederic Koning Princess Margaret Hospital and Toronto General Hospital

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/hscc.v7i2.39

Keywords:

Spiritual assessment tools, palliative care, healthcare chaplaincy, interdisciplinary team

Abstract

A study was undertaken to determine if individualised, formal spiritual assessment could impact on and optimise patient care within a Palliative Care Unit (PCU). The authors write on the benefits of formal spiritual assessment as undertaken by chaplaincy services. The Spiritual Assessment Tool (SAT) selected, introduced and evaluated for the PCU was the HOPE tool. The authors share the results of research into the effect and benefits that formal spiritual assessment had on members of the PCU's interdisciplinary team. The results highlight a positive impact, of the SAT, upon the various team members. The article explores and expresses the staff's enhanced understanding of the nature and extent of spiritual and religious needs and resources.

Author Biographies

Bruce Pierce, Princess Margaret Hospital and Toronto General Hospital

Bruce Pierce is Palliative Care and Staff Chaplain at Princess Margaret Hospital and Toronto General Hospital, part of the University Health Network.

Frederic Koning, Princess Margaret Hospital and Toronto General Hospital

Frederic Koning is Senior Chaplain and Teaching CPE Supervisor at Princess Margaret Hospital and Toronto General Hospital, part of the University Health Network

References

PIERCE B, VANDER BERG A, KONING F. 2004 ‘Impact of Formal Spiritual Assessment of Patients for Staff in a Palliative Care Unit (PCU) Presented at CAPO (Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology) Annual Conference Toronto May

KOENIG H. 2001 Spiritual Assessment in Medical Practice American Family Physician Jan 1

O’CONNOR T, O’NEILL K, PENNER C, VAN STAALDUINEN G, DAVIS K, MEAKES E. (2003) ‘Chaplaincy Experiences of Assessment Tools’ Presented at EPIC Conference. Toronto. February 2003

ANANDARAJAH G, HIGHT E. 2001 Spirituality and Medical Practice: Using the HOPE Questions as a Practical Tool for Spiritual Assessment American Family Physician January 1. 63:81-8,89.

PRUYSER P.1976 The Minister as Diagnostician The Westminster Press, Philadelphia

FITCHETT G.1993 Assessing Spiritual Needs - A Guide for Caregivers Augsburg Fortress, Minneapolis

Published

2013-04-10

How to Cite

Pierce, B., & Koning, F. (2013). THE INTRODUCTION AND EVALUATION OF A SPIRITUAL ASSESSMENT TOOL IN A PALLIATIVE CARE UNIT. Health and Social Care Chaplaincy, 39–43. https://doi.org/10.1558/hscc.v7i2.39