Spiritual needs are one of the most important needs among patients. It is becoming important there is an effective communication is held between the patient and the physician. The Joint Commissioner resource proposes certain tools that will be critical in assessing the spiritual needs of the patient.
Interview with Patient
1: What is your spiritual belief? Does it help in coping with tension?
Yes, I have strong spiritual belief. I have strong religious faith that gives me hope and serenity. I am a Roman Catholic. My faith helps me with hope, strength and tranquillity to cope with tension and stress in life.
2: What is the impact of your belief in terms of taking care of your health?
My spiritual belief and faith has a strong impact on my regime and how I take care of my health. As per my belief, my mortal body is a gift of god and its critical and important that I take ample and proper care of my body and my health and as acknowledgement of the gift.
3: Do you belong to a religious community? Does this help you?
I belong to the Christian community and I visit the church frequently. This helps me in strengthening my faith, and in meeting different people. I come across various testimonies of people and it helps me in becoming a mentally stronger person.
4: What provides you serenity, strength, comfort in difficult times?
In times of difficult and strife, I read the bible and look to the lord in prayer. I believe that God is merciful and he will guide me in difficult times. My faith gives me strength and serenity. It is my silver lining during difficult times.
5: What is the impact of your present condition on your spiritual practices?
My present condition does influence my spiritual practices to a slight degree. I feel weak and have health issues that act as constraint in my practices. I cannot go to church that often, so in a small way, it does affect my practices.