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Two questions that ensure person-centred spiritual care

How a new tool can help nurses address people’s spiritual needs, even in a resource-challenged health service
A nurse adjusting a patient's pillow in a hospital bed

How a new tool can help nurses attend to people’s spiritual needs, even in today’s resource-challenged health service

Healthcare policy, nursing guidelines and research evidence all point to the importance of the spiritual dimension of life for health, well-being and coping. Research also demonstrates that patients value spiritual care.

Nursing codes of ethics and regulatory bodies consider spiritual assessment, care planning and delivery integral to what nurses do as part of their holistic care remit.

Nurses also see spiritual care as a fundamental part of their everyday practice, but evidence shows they feel unprepared for it and want further education.

Lack of time and a focus on physical care in the workplace, along with the prevalence of the medical model, are also frequently cited reasons why nurses do not assess need and deliver spiritual care.

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