Items in AFP with MESH term: Attitude of Health Personnel
Flaws in Clinical Reasoning: A Common Cause of Diagnostic Error - Curbside Consultation
Five Signs You May Have Joined the Wrong Practice - The Last Word
Bridging the Physician-Counselor Divide - The Last Word
The State of Family Medicine - Feature
The Spiritual Assessment - Article
ABSTRACT: More than 80 percent of Americans perceive religion as important. Issues of belief can affect the health care encounter, and patients may wish to discuss spirituality with their physician. Many physicians report barriers to broaching the subject of spirituality, including lack of time and experience, difficulty identifying patients who want to discuss spirituality, and the belief that addressing spiritual concerns is not a physician’s responsibility. Spiritual assessment tools such as the FICA, the HOPE questions, and the Open Invite provide efficient means of eliciting patients’ thoughts on this topic. The spiritual assessment allows physicians to support patients by stressing empathetic listening, documenting spiritual preferences for future visits, incorporating the precepts of patients’ faith traditions into treatment plans, and encouraging patients to use the resources of their spiritual traditions and communities for overall wellness. Conducting the spiritual assessment also may help strengthen the physician-patient relationship and offer physicians opportunities for personal renewal, resiliency, and growth.
Confronting Guillain-Barré Syndrome - Close-ups