The Joint Commission requires health systems to address spiritual care. Research indicates that spirituality is associated with better physical, psychological, and social health and that culturally diverse populations and individuals at end-of-life often request spiritual care. The authors report the results of a consensus conference of 21 executives representing 10 large faith-based health systems who discussed the input, process, and outcomes of a corporate model for spiritual leadership. Specific initiatives are highlighted.
BACKGROUND: Nurses in hospital administration and management positions may experience workplace stress, which can have important consequences on the health and well-being. PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to examine the effects of perceived stress on nursing hospital management and administrative employees of a large health care organization before and after a review by The Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.
The AMA House of Delegates voted to withdraw from the Liaison Committee on Continuing Medical Education and return to its own accrediting system. The move ends a situation that has irritated the state associations, but it opens the possibility of two CME accrediting bodies. The AMA also modified its stand on chiropractic in an attempt to stop its mounting legal problems.