Sunday, June 19, 2005

HOPE - a spiritual acronym

I love acronyms - they make things so much easier to remember ! One I particularly like, because it is so simple, clever and useful is "HOPE".
All doctors agree that faith and spirituality play an important part in helping their patients get better. However, few know how to take a spiritual history. HOPE is a useful acronym, which can teach them how to do so.
H(ope): What are your sources of hope, meaning, comfort, strength, peace, love, and connection?
O(rganized religion): Do you consider yourself a part of organized religion?
P(ersonal spirituality and practices): Do you have personal spiritual beliefs that are independent of organized religion?
E(ffects on medical care and end-of-life issues): What effect has your current situation had on your spiritual practices?

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