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Spiritual Screening, History, and Assessment 

Spiritual Screening, History, and Assessment
Spiritual Screening, History, and Assessment

Elizabeth Johnston Taylor

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date: 21 September 2020

Spiritual care is integral to palliative care. Palliative care patients and their family members often use spiritual coping strategies, and spiritual well-being is a commonly high-ranked pursuit for those at the end of life. Appropriate spiritual care, however, must reflect the spiritual needs and preferences of the care recipient. Thus, numerous approaches to spiritual screening, history-taking, and assessment exist. Whereas the spiritual screening is proposed as a skill and expectation that nurses and others can be trained to complete, the spiritual assessment is the domain of the spiritual care expert—typically, a skilled chaplain. These diverse approaches are described here along with some additional observations that can guide the process.

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