Spiritual Need Analysis PART 2

Spiritual Need Analysis




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Spiritual Need Analysis

His religion does not allow taking of drugs to heal diseases and therefore what happens is that once an individual is sick the other church members gather to pray for the person until he or she gets well and if the condition of the patient worsens, a prayer is dedicated to God to take the person (Robert, 2002). I asked the patient whether his religion believed in God and he answered yes. I asked him when they hold their prayers for the sick and he said that they pray every Wednesday and Friday. I asked the patient the kinds of foods that his religion forbid and he said meat is forbidden. I asked him whether he still abide by the rules of the religion when he became sick and he said that since he was diagnosed with diabetes he stopped believing in it since some of foods that his religion forbid are the ones that the doctor prescribed him to be eating alongside the drugs.

I asked this patient to tell me his experience as a patient. The patient was experiencing some diabetes mellitus whereby the disease made the patient’s body not to function as normal. When he was diagnosed with diabetes mellitus the doctor banned him from taking some foods and doing some work. The experience according to the patient was boring and not interesting at all simply because he stopped taking some foods he liked most and also doing some work he liked doing during his leisure time. So the experience was just bad and nasty.

The name of the patient that I interviewed is John who is a male aged 51 from U.S.A. John is a Christian whose religion believed that God gives the best cure than the doctors. The interview proceeded on well. The person gave genuine answers to the best of his knowledge. There were some challenges that inhibited my ability to complete the assessment tool. The challenges were like, language barrier whereby the patient did not understand English well and he only knew his mother language. I therefore had to look for a translator who knew both John’s mother language and English. He could interpret the message and therefore made us understand one another.

The other barrier was that the patient’s relatives were very hostile. They at first denied me from interviewing John but someone talked to them and after a long time of negotiation they allowed me. The spiritual experience that I had with my patient is that prayer works and treats but it is only God who heals through his doctors. It is after the patient understanding the need to go to hospital that he was healed. This tool allowed me to better know my patient and know the kind of drugs to administer to him since I had already learned what his allergies were, and the food that he had been forbidden from eating and could know the kind of drugs to give him. I discovered that illness and stress amplified the spiritual concerns and needs of my interviewee. The patient needed spiritual guidance like for example visiting church regularly to get guidance and hope that he would get well soon (Frederic, 2004).


Frederic, P (2004). Field Guide to the Difficult Patient Interview (Field Guide Series). LWW Second Edition.

Robert, S (2002). Patient-Centered Interviewing: An Evidence-Based Method. LWW Second Edition.

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