Types of Spiritual Assessment Tools

The holistic approach to healthcare considers the “whole person”: a person’s mind, body, and spirit. Undoubtedly, Psychotherapy aids in the healing and maintenance of the psyche. Proper nutrition, exercise, and medical care all contribute to keeping and improving the body’s health. But what about the spiritual side of health and well-being? Let’s look more closely at what a spiritual assessment is and the many types of spiritual assessment tools.

What Is A Spiritual Assessment?

Spiritual assessment is the process of exploring a person’s inner life to understand how they organize their world and what gives their life value. However, it enables us to comprehend how individuals are reacting to their current circumstances and life changes.

A spiritual evaluation arises from a heartfelt connection as we walk beside individuals on their path as Christ’s partners.

Types Of Spiritual Assessment Tools

Spiritual tools can assist patients in shifting their mentality from fear to a more confident, optimistic outlook on life. Furthermore, Meditation, daily surrender to a higher power, taking a personal inventory, praying, uttering affirmations, and reading devotionals are examples of spiritual evaluation techniques.


F – Faith: “Do you have spiritual beliefs that assist you in dealing with stress?”

I – Importance or Influence of religious and spiritual views and practices: “How significant is your religion or belief in your life?” 

C -Connections in the community: “Do you belong to a spiritual or religious community?” Is a spiritual group beneficial to you, and if yes, how so?

A – Address/Action: How do you want your healthcare provider to approach these challenges in your care?”


H – Sources of hope, meaning, comfort, strength, peace, love, and compassion: What in your life provides you with internal support? What gives you hope, strength, comfort, and peace? And What do you cling to in difficult times? What gives you energy and keeps you going?

O – Organized religion: Do you identify as a member of an organized religion? How significant is that to you? Which components of your faith are beneficial to you and which are not? 

P – Personal spirituality/practices: Do you have personal spiritual beliefs separate from established religion? What exactly are they? Do you have faith in God? What is your relationship with God like? What components of your spirituality or spiritual practices have proven to be the most beneficial to you personally?

E – Effects of end-of-life issues:  Is being sick interfering with your ability to engage in spiritually beneficial activities? (Or had an impact on your relationship with God?) Do you have any concerns regarding conflicts between your beliefs and your medical situation/care decisions? Is there anything special I should be aware of when delivering your medical care?


S – Spiritual belief system: Do you have a spiritual belief system? Do you have a formal religious affiliation? Can you elaborate? Do you consider your spiritual life to be important?

P –Personal spirituality: Describe the religious ideas and practices that you embrace. Describe the ideas and behaviors you do not embrace or adhere to. In what ways does your spirituality/religion mean something to you?

I – Integration with a spiritual community: Do you belong to any religious or spiritual organizations or communities? How do you interact with this group/community? What significance does this group hold for you? What kinds of support and assistance does or may this group offer you in coping with health issues?

R – Ritualised practices and Restrictions: What specific practices do you engage in as part of your religious and spiritual life? What lifestyle habits or behaviors does your religion promote, discourage, or outright prohibit? So how closely have you adhered to these guidelines?

I – Implications for medical practice: Is there any aspect of medical treatment that your faith discourages or prohibits? How closely have you adhered to these guidelines? What components of your religion/spirituality do you want me to remember while I care for you?

T – Terminal events planning: Are there any areas of medical care that you would like to avoid or have withheld due to your religion/spirituality? Do you want religious or spiritual rites or rituals to be offered in the hospital or at home? Are there any religious or spiritual traditions you would like to arrange for at the time of death or after death? How will your faith and spirituality impact your decisions as we arrange for your medical care at the end of life?


F – Faith (or Beliefs): So what are your beliefs? Do you consider yourself a believer or a spiritual person? 

A – Active: Do you have a focus on your religious community? Do you have a religious or spiritual affiliation? Is there help for your faith available to you? Do you have the resources you need to put your religion (or convictions) into action? 

C – “Comfort; Conflicts: How are you working with your medical issues? Is your faith (your beliefs) assisting you in coping? In light of your diagnosis, how is your faith (your beliefs) providing you with comfort? Do you have any religious or spiritual beliefs or practices that contradict your medical treatment? 

T – “Treatment plan: If the patient is doing well, encourage them or monitor the patient’s status.” If the patient is having trouble, 

  1. Provide direct assistance, depending on the relationship and commonality in faith/beliefs: spiritual counseling, prayer, Sacred Scripture, and so on. 
  2. Encourage the patient to talk to their religious leader about their worries. 
  3. Refer the patient to the hospital chaplain for further assessment.”

The Ending Note

In conclusion, these types of spiritual assessment tools assist patients in identifying spiritual beliefs, practices, and resources that may benefit their health. “Do you have any spiritual activities that you find beneficial or comfortable, such as praying, meditating, listening to music, or reading a sacred text?” If so, does it offer services such as home visits, a food pantry, or health screening?” 

Additionally, Physicians can advocate good coping skills and offer to contact the patient’s spiritual organization to mobilize community religious resources if the patient agrees.

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