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Previous research recognizes the centrality of attending to religious and spiritual concerns for patients and families during serious illness. However, other studies describe moderate to high levels of religious and spiritual concerns or unmet needs among patients in palliative and supportive care. Tools have been developed for spiritual history-taking and spiritual assessment for general clinical use, but there are no evidence-based models for these activities in palliative and supportive care. A team of palliative and supportive care chaplains recently developed the PC 7, a model for spiritual assessment in palliative and supportive care that examines a patient’s level of overall spiritual concerns, as well as in seven specific dimensions relevant to the palliative and supportive care context. An important next step in the development of the model is to establish its validity, reliability, and clinical usefulness, which is the primary aim of this two-year, multisite pilot study. To participate in this study, a patient must be receiving palliative/supportive care or referred by provider to palliative/supportive care while admitted to St. Mary's Medical Center (SMMC).
The Lead Principal Investigator is George Fitchett, DMin, PhD, Rush University. Melissa Harry, PhD, is the Site Principal Investigator. Kathryn Ulrich, is the Site Co-Investigator.