A template for spiritual assessment: A review of the JCAHO requirements and guidelines for implementation

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Growing consensus exists regarding the importance of spiritual assessment. For instance, the largest health care accrediting body in the United States, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), now requires the administration of a spiritual assessment. Although most practitioners endorse the concept of spiritual assessment, studies suggest that social workers have received little training in spiritual assessment. To address this gap, the current article reviews the JCAHO requirements for conducting a spiritual assessment and provides practitioners with guidelines for its proper implementation. In addition to helping equip practitioners in JCAHO-accredited settings who may be required to perform such an assessment, the spiritual assessment template profiled in this article may also be of use to practitioners in other settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)317-326
Number of pages10
JournalSocial work
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2006



  • Assessment
  • Cultural competency
  • Religion
  • Spirituality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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