Domain 6 - Spiritual Support for Patients/Families
- Assess and document spiritual needs of the patient and family on an on-going basis:
- Ask patient and/or family key spiritual assessment questions, e.g., "Are you actively
involved in a spiritual/religious community? Do you want to see and talk with a
pastoral care representative?"
- Document assessments.
- Encourage access to spiritual resources:
- Include a "pastoral care consult assessment" category on physician Comfort Care
- Document access to spiritual resources.
- Elicit and facilitate spiritual and cultural practices which the patient and family
- When the patient is imminently dying, if spiritual issues are paramount with the
patient and/or family, include the appropriate pastoral care representative who
understands the patient's and/or family's spiritual goals or unfinished issues in
clinical team discussions.
Promoting Excellence in End-of-Life Care was a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
dedicated to long-term changes in health care institutions to substantially improve
care for dying people and their families.