ERIC Number: EJ902150
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
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Native Americans and Brief Spiritual Assessment: Examining and Operationalizing the Joint Commission's Assessment Framework
Hodge, David R.; Limb, Gordon E.
Social Work, v55 n4 p297-307 Oct 2010
At the turn of the century, the Joint Commission--the nation's largest health care accrediting organization--began requiring spiritual assessments in hospitals and many other mental health settings frequented by Native Americans. Despite high levels of service use, culturally unique forms of spirituality, and a history of oppression in mainstream settings, no research has explored how to best implement this new requirement with Native Americans. Accordingly, this mixed-method study asked recognized experts in Native American culture (N = 50) to identify the degree of cultural consistency, strengths, and limitations of the new assessment framework and a culturally valid question protocol to operationalize the requirements. The results indicate that the framework is moderately consistent with Native American culture, and a number of practice-oriented suggestions and tools are offered to implement the requirements in a culturally valid manner.
Descriptors: Hospitals, American Indians, Religious Factors, Mental Health, Health Services, Guidelines, American Indian Culture, Cultural Awareness, Social Work
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