Allen, E. A.; Paul, Tomlin J.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Community Health and Psychiatry
Spiritual Health Assessment in the Undergraduate Medical Curriculum at the University of the West Indies, Mona - Stepping Out in Faith! [Abstract]
West Indian Medical Journal
Date of Publication
52 Suppl. 5
Objective: To examine the usefulness of a framework for exposing medical students to spiritual health assessment and to assess students' feedback to this structured exposure in the medical undergraduate curriculum. Methods: A Special Study Module (SSM) was developed for first year medical students at the University of the West Indies, Mona to develop skills at assessing spiritual health from a generic perspective. It was first implimented in 2003 and taken by six students. After completing assigned readings and two hours of tutorials on spiritual health students conducted patient interviews. A 'spiritual history' was taken using a structured open -ended interview format. Students reflected on their experience through essays and focus group discussions. Impressions and feedback were reviewed qualitatively. Conclusion: This SSM on Spiritual Health Assessment was well received by the first group of students and has contributed to awareness building on a previously unattended aspect of patients' well-being. Further integration of relevant spiritual issues in the medical curriculum should be considered.....