A competency model for the assessment and delivery of spiritual care
Language: 
English
Abstract: 

The delivery of spiritual and religious care has received a high profile in national reports, guidelines and standards since the start of the millennium, yet there is, to date, no recognized definition of spirituality or spiritual care nor a validated assessment tool. This article suggests an alternative to the search for a definition and assessment tool, and seeks to set spiritual care in a practical context by offering a model for spiritual assessment and care based on the individual competence of all healthcare professionals to deliver spiritual and religious care. Through the evaluation of a pilot study to familiarize staff with the Spiritual and Religious Care Competencies for Specialist Palliative Care developed by Marie Curie Cancer Care, the authors conclude that competencies are a viable and crucial first step in 'earthing' spiritual care in practice, and evidencing this illusive area of care.

Author(s): 
Gordon, Tom
Mitchell, David
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Palliative Medicine
Journal Abbreviation: 
Palliat Med
Publication Date: 
2004-10
Publication Year: 
2004
Pages: 
646-651
Volume: 
18
Issue: 
7
ISSN: 
0269-2163
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 15540674

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Tom Gordon and David Mitchell. 2004-10. "A competency model for the assessment and delivery of spiritual care." Palliative Medicine 18: 7: 646-651.

Wikipedia Citation

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