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Spirituality in Healthcare (Out of Print)

Published: June 30, 2006 | 10.15766/mep_2374-8265.208

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This resource is a web-based tutorial that educates health care providers about spirituality in health care. Organized into sections, this self-study module provides definitions of spirituality and religion, evidence of the link between spirituality and health, practical guidelines on how to conduct spiritual screens, and information on how to partner with chaplaincy and other spiritual leaders. The module has interactive features, including audio and video, as well as links to relevant organizations and a list of comprehensive references. It concludes with a self-assessment quiz based on the learning objectives. The resource offers important information on complementary therapies, of which there is very little generally available. The online format matches well with new models of medical education that emphasize individualized learning and innovative tools. We have discovered that the individual online tutorials can be used in different courses in multiple ways. For instance, some faculty replace a reading assignment or class lecture with the online tutorial, then use class time for discussions arising from the tutorial. Other faculty use the tutorial as a resource for class projects. The tutorial is designed to allow direct access to any section, so learners can quickly find information relevant to their immediate needs.

Educational Objectives

By the end of this resource, learners will be able to:

  1. Define spirituality.
  2. Identify why it is important to consider spiritual issues in a health care environment.
  3. Discuss the relationship of spirituality to religion, culture, health, and healing.
  4. Discuss the role spirituality can play in an individual’s life.
  5. Discuss their own spirituality with regard to themselves, others, and the environment.
  6. Identify three ways to maintain daily spiritual centeredness and awareness.
  7. Discuss the scientific evidence base for the effects of spirituality.
  8. Identify four goals for clinical care.
  9. Identify respectful ways to interact with patients and families about their spiritual needs.
  10. Discuss concerns about ethical and professional boundaries.

Author Information

  • Barbara Leonard: University of Minnesota

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Leonard B. Spirituality in healthcare (out of print). MedEdPORTAL. 2006;2:208. https://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.208