Spiritual Suffering Scale: Use, Benefits and Results

Saturday, October 8, 2011: 10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Primary Presenter:
Bonnie Meyer, DMin, BCC
Area of Emphasis: Spiritual Care
Learning Objectives:
1. Identify the most common sources of spiritual distress at end of life
2. Describe a spiritual suffering scale and how the levels are assessed
3. Review the results of a study comparing spiritual suffering levels to patient diagnosis, age and pain level
The pain scale, the PPS scale, and other common scales, greatly assist in interdisciplinary team communication.  There currently is no similar common scale for assessment and communication about spiritual suffering.  In this workshop, participants will be introduced to a spiritual suffering scale which has been refined and tested over a three year period by over 45 hospice chaplains.  The workshop will include a method for identifying sources of spiritual suffering, use of the scale, results of the study and a case study.  This tool has been accepted and posted on the resource page of the George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health.
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