Spiritual analysisenables healthcare providers to identify patients’ spiritual needsthat are related to their ailments. Spiritual analysis is importantin determining resources, barriers to recovery and the impact ofreligious beliefs on healthcare outcomes. This paper provides aninterview transcript and analysis of the interview answers forenhancement of healthcare treatment.
Me:What are your various spiritual beliefs that aid you to cope withstress during illness?
Respondent:I believe there is a supernatural power which heals. I also believein meditation during medication.
Me:Are you an active member in a religious community?
Respondent:I am a devoted believer in a Christian church
Me:How would you refer to the health issues inflicting on your health?
Respondent:Health issues are due to our failures and are not related to God’spunishment
Me:What are your key sources solace?
Respondent: Prayer, singing, and sharing of God`s blessings in mylife refresh my mind and spirit.
Me:How can a doctor contribute to your spiritual needs?
Respondent:By communicating frequently with me and providing positive messagesregarding my health, a nurse is able to empower my spiritual needs.
Me:What are you specific religious practices that nurse should knowduring treatment?
Respondent:Nurses should know that I attach my life strongly to religiousbeliefs and I disapprove issues such as euthanasia even undercritical conditions.
Iinterviewed my friend Russell who has suffered from type 2 diabetesfor two years. Russell is a male and an Asian American. Ourcommunication on healthcare proved Russell to be a committedChristian. He had a strong belief that soon he will recover fromdiabetes and be able to enjoy life as before. Despite his body beingfeeble, Russell did not indicate any distress as his religiousbeliefs and activities seem to fill him with great solace.
Russellfamily was reluctant to welcome me to converse with my friend.Currently, there exists a poor relationship with the minorities andlarge ethnics groups in American. After a long discussion, Russell`sfamily confirmed they face discrimination in healthcare, votingrights, in courts and with the police. As a result, they do not trustvisitors who are not from their community. They attributed theirdiscrimination to the culture and language barrier, and most do notattend school up to the highest level. In future while conduction inan interview among the minority group, I will seek the company of afew friends from the community. As a result, the individuals will beat ease in the presence of members of their ethnic group. Inaddition, in the case of language barrier my friends will be of greathelp.
Importance of the Interview Tool
Theassessment tool is important in determining the type and durationmedication would take (McEwen,2015). Unreligious people are susceptible todepression during their time despair. Depression depending on thelevel is attributed to diseases such as dementia, heart diseases andthyroid conditions. Since my friend is a committed Christianindividual, depression is unlike to exacerbate his condition.As aresult, frequent monitoring is not essential compared to unreligiouspatients. In case his ailment worsens, it will be attributed to otherfactors such as failure to follow the nurse’s instructions of drugresistance in most cases. Belonging to a particular group such asMuslims or Christians unites one with individuals who are passionateto aid in case of a problem (McSherry& Ross, 2012). Consequent, Russell has manyChristian friends some who have been cured of a variety of illnessesand others who are encouraging. Through friends’ discussion andencouragement, Russell is able to shift his attention from hisailment. Research indicates that a patient mind plays a great roledepending on how one perceives a given treatment (Crowet.al 2013). The activities practiced by Russell arelikely to trigger the placebo effect. The sources of Russell comfortwhich comprise songs and prayer are likely to increase his belief inthe healthcare advice and medicine, facilitating quick healing. Theassessment tool requested Russell to explain the source of hisdisease. He did not attach his disease to supernatural factors andhence the advice of a nurse is likely to be of great help to him.Furthermore, Russell preferred communication and respect for hisreligious beliefs, which I will follow to ensure the patient iscomfortable and trusts my services.
Illness and Stress Needs of my Interviewee
Stressdid not seem to amplify the condition of my interviewee. Russellrelied on the advice from friends, prayer, songs and meditation tofind solace. Nevertheless, Russell narrated a case in high schoolwhere it was difficult to access a special diet. As a result, heresulted to stress, which increased exacerbated his diseases, as hecould consume all types of foods he came across. Consequently, stressis detrimental to a patient’s health.
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