Spirituality assessment tools

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Spirituality assessment tools
Find out where you stand spiritually with spiritual assessment tools. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Using spiritual assessment tools can help you determine where you are on your spiritual path and evaluate where you want to go. Whether looking for a self-assessment or one from a health care provider, you can be overwhelmed by the options. The majority of tools fall into the categories of self, personal, or health care spiritual assessments. They can be formal or informal, written or verbal, and tailored to your religion.

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Self-Assessment

These tools are simple to use. he format for most assessments is a series of questions and answers, where you measure progress by a score. Some people create their own, but you can also find them online. The tools cover basic aspects of spirituality, such as morality, character and ethics, and can be religious in nature, such as Christian. Lifeway's Spiritual Growth Assessment Process is an example of a religious assessment.

Personal Assessment from an Outside Source

Using another person to evaluate your spirituality provides an objective look at your journey. Ask someone you look to for advice and direction on spiritual matters to perform the assessment. You can also ask your pastor, priest or other professional counsellor. The procedure is similar to a self-assessment, but takes place face-to-face. It may be one-time or occur on an ongoing basis.

Spiritual Assessment Tools in Healthcare

A search of the NIH online medical database reveals more than 1,000 scholarly articles on spirituality as it relates to health care. Doctors realise the role it plays in coping with illness and are more likely to prescribe the services of a religious professional than in the past. Improving spiritual health is often part of the treatment plan.

Health care Spiritual Assessment Tools: FACT, FICA and HOPE

Health care providers use FACT, FICA and HOPE to assess spirituality and make recommendations based on their findings. These assessments may include referrals to seek outside resources. Each tool evaluates what a patient believes, how well those beliefs help him to cope with certain medical conditions, and whether the health care professional should provide treatment changes or referrals, based on this information.

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