Resources for the Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment based
Proactive and Personalised Primary Care of the Elderly

Spiritual Welbeing Assessment

Hands in prayer

Spirituality has been shown to influence, usually in a positive way, coping with illness, disability, or life-threatening events (Kirby SE, 2004).  


Spirituality is also considered an essential component of the multidimensional approach used in geriatric care of elderly patients who face illness, disability, and potentially life-threatening events (Monod S, 2009).


In palliative care in particular, the spiritual dimension is considered as an important component of care along with physical, psychological, and social or existential support (Sulmasy DP, 2002).


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Spiritual Distress Assessment Tool

Assessment of Spiritual Distress

15 min.

Although spirituality is usually considered a positive resource for coping with illness, spiritual distress may have a negative influence on health outcomes.

Spiritual distress, that can be defined as "a state in which the individual is at risk of experiencing a disturbance in his/her system of belief or value that provides strength, hope, and meaning to life" (Carpenito-Moyet, 2004), seems also associated with more severe depression and desire for hastened death in end-of-life patients (Rodin G, 2009).

Spiritual distress might have a potentially harmful effect on patients' prognosis and quality of life (Hills J, 2005).

doctor and patient

The Spiritual Welbeing Assessment is one of 8 domains of the

Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA)

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