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Soc Work. 2006 Oct;51(4):317-26.

A template for spiritual assessment: a review of the JCAHO requirements and guidelines for implementation.

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Department of Social Work, Arizona State Work University, Phoenix 85069-7100, USA.

Abstract

Growing consensus exists regarding the importance of spiritual assessment. For instance, the largest health care accrediting body in the United States, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), now requires the administration of a spiritual assessment. Although most practitioners endorse the concept of spiritual assessment, studies suggest that social workers have received little training in spiritual assessment. To address this gap, the current article reviews the JCAHO requirements for conducting a spiritual assessment and provides practitioners with guidelines for its proper implementation. In addition to helping equip practitioners in JCAHO-accredited settings who may be required to perform such an assessment, the spiritual assessment template profiled in this article may also be of use to practitioners in other settings.

PMID:
17152630
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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