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Screening for spiritual distress in the oncology inpatient: a quality improvement pilot project between nurses and chaplains.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23151110     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
AIMS: A quality improvement initiative of nursing/chaplain collaboration on the early identification and referral of oncology patients at risk of spiritual distress.
BACKGROUND: Research shows that spiritual distress may compromise patient health outcomes. These patients are often under-identified, and chaplaincy staffing is not sufficient to assess every patient. The current nursing admission form with a question of 'Any spiritual practices that may affect your care?' is ineffective in screening for spiritual distress.
METHOD(S): Ten nurses on the oncology unit were recruited and trained in a two-question screening tool to be utilized upon admission.
RESULTS: Six nurses made referrals; a total of 14 patients. Four (28%) were at risk of spiritual distress and were assessed by the chaplains.
CONCLUSIONS: Nurses are interested in the spiritual well-being of their patients and observe spiritual distress. They appreciate terminology/procedures by which they can assess more productively the spiritual needs of their patients and make appropriate chaplain referrals.
IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING MANAGEMENT: The use of a brief spiritual screening protocol can improve nursing referrals to chaplains. The better utilization of chaplains that this enables can improve patient trust and satisfaction with their overall care and potentially reduce the harmful effects of spiritual distress.
Judith H Blanchard; Douglas A Dunlap; George Fitchett
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2012-11-05
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of nursing management     Volume:  20     ISSN:  1365-2834     ISO Abbreviation:  J Nurs Manag     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-11-15     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9306050     Medline TA:  J Nurs Manag     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1076-84     Citation Subset:  N    
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© 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Maine Medical Center, Portland, ME, USA.
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