This assignment requires you to interview one person and requires an analysis of your interview experience.
Part I: Interview
Select a patient, a family member, or a friend to interview. Be sure to focus on the interviewee's experience as a patient, regardless of whom you choose to interview.
Please review the following joint commission resource questions
*Who or what provides the patient with strength and hope?
*Does the patient use prayer in their life?
*How does the patient express their spirituality?
*How would the patient describe their philosophy of life?
*What type of spiritual/religious support does the patient desire?
*What is the name of the patient's clergy, ministers, chaplains, pastor, rabbi?
*What does suffering mean to the patient?
*What does dying mean to the patient?
*What are the patient's spiritual goals?
*Is there a role of church/synagogue in the patient's life?
*How does your faith help the patient cope with illness?
*How does the patient keep going day after day?
*What helps the patient get through this health care experience?
*How has illness affected the patient and his/her family?
All these will provide some guidelines for creating spiritual assessment tools for evaluating the spiritual needs of patients. Using this resource and any other guidelines/examples that you can find, create your own tool for assessing the spiritual needs of patients.
Your spiritual needs assessment survey must include about 7 questions that can be answered during the interview. During the interview, document the interviewee's responses.
The transcript should include the questions asked and the answers provided. Be sure to record the responses during the interview by taking detailed notes. Omit specific names and other personal information through which the interviewee can be determined.
Part II: Analysis
Write a 500-750 word analysis of your interview experience. Be sure to exclude specific names and other personal information from the interview. Instead, provide demographics such as sex, age, ethnicity, and religion. Include the following in your response:
1. What went well?
2. Were there any barriers or challenges that inhibited your ability to complete the assessment tool? How would you address these in the future or change your assessment to better address these challenges?
3. How can this tool assist you in providing appropriate interventions to meet the needs of your patient?
4. Did you discover that illness and stress amplified the spiritual concern and needs of your interviewee? Explain your answer with examples.
Submit both the transcript of the interview and the analysis of your results. This should be submitted to one document. The interview transcript is not part of the word count for analysis.
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