Spiritual Assessment Case Study
Hodge (2005) implies that a healthcare professional need not agree with the client’s belief system to perform the assessments. The five qualitative spiritual assessments discussed in this article are just another form of assessment inquiry. When the healthcare professional does not have an understanding of the client’s spiritual beliefs and how those beliefs affect behavior and worldview, the clinically driven assessments could diminish the positive effects the client has of spiritual experiences.
The professional community may view training of spiritual assessments as inconsequential as, and less appropriate than, assessments related to diagnoses. This may have a negative effect on the healthcare professional’s desire to receive adequate training of spiritual assessments. In addition, the degree to which a healthcare professional practices spiritual beliefs may have an impact on the importance placed on conducting spiritual assessments and using them in the therapeutic