This resource on spirituality and medicine features a 60-minute lecture addressing factors that impact the likelihood medical providers will be attentive to a patient’s spirituality/religiosity. It discusses the steps providers can take in better understanding the patient’s spirituality/religiosity and further helps providers be aware of chaplains as a resource in helping them be more attentive to the their patients’ spiritual needs. This resource also includes information about selecting and guiding a group of panelists as well as an abbreviated study guide and a brief recommended reading list. This material was successfully deployed during the fall quarter of 2010. The students were very attentive and engaged. The results of the session were demonstrated in the positive feedback provided by the students in their review of the course at the end of the quarter.
By the end of this resource, learners will be able to:
- Understand the importance and relevance of patients’ spirituality/religion to the health care provider.
- Attend to patients’ spirituality through active observation, screening, and history taking.
- Recognize and overcome barriers to being attentive to the spirituality of patients.
- Understand health care chaplains and the benefits of collaborating.
© 2011 King.
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King S. Spirituality and medicine: an overview pertinent to medical providers. MedEdPORTAL. 2011;7:9043. https:/
doi. org/ 10. 15766/ mep_ 2374- 8265. 9043