Addressing Patient Spirituality

 Knowing your patients well enough to be able to address, or at minimum, refer a patient to explore the patient’s spiritual needs,  will affect the last days of  incurable diseases patients.  The Dana Farber Cancer Institute found better quality of life at the end of life when spiritual needs are discussed, and often patients do not ask for aggressive medical care.   This study appeared in the December 2009 online version of Journal of Clinical Oncology.  Well-being scores averaged 28% higher in this study of 343 patients. 

From Janice Simmons, December 17, 2009 Healthleaders Media, Recognizing Patient Spirituality Could Improve Quality of Care.

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