3372 : IMPROVING PATIENT CARE BY INCORPORATING SPIRITUAL ASSESSMENT AND CARE INTO ROUTINE MEDICAL PRACTICE: INTERNATIONAL AND CROSS-CULTURAL CHALLENGES

Author(s): 
Anandarajah, Gowri; Long, Richard; Mitchell, Maureen; Long, Nancy
Text: 
Workshop
The topic of spirituality and patient care has received increasing interest in the USA medical literature over the last decade. Although up to 77% of patients want their physicians to consider their spiritual needs as well as their physical and mental needs during their medical care, physicians report rarely assessing patients' spiritual needs citing obstacles including Jack of training and cross-cultural and ethical concerns. This interactive work shop focuses on practical ways to improve patient care by addressing patients' spiritual needs within the context of routine medical care. Attention to challenges arising in multicultural environments is emphasized. The workshop begins with a brief overview. Presenters will draw upon their 9 year experience with medical education and research in this field to provide participants with a discussion of: (1) the evidence in the medical literature; (2) terminology and common themes; (3) a culturally sensitive approach to spiritual assessment and spiritual care, including use of the HOPE spiritual assessment tool; (4) the roles of physicians vs. chaplains; (5) ethical and boundary issues; (6) cross-cultural and international issues. Small group discussions use clinical case scenarios to focus on the challenges involved in incorporating spirituality into medical practice from international and cross cultural perspectives. Workshop participants are encouraged to share insights, concerns and ideas from the perspective of the country or environment in which they practice. The workshop concludes with a large group discussion summarizing the major themes and practical approaches that have emerged during the workshop.
Topic: Clinical Practice