Impact and Benefits
- People seek out Spiritual Care Practitioners and Psycho-Spiritual Therapists to support them holistically, especially during key moments of life transitions that impact their emotional, physical and spiritual health.
- Research demonstrates that religion and spirituality play an important role in helping people cope with illness, and these needs are minimally met by medical teams or even faith communities.
- Most people want medical teams to attend to spiritual needs, but most physicians do not feel confident to address spiritual issues with their patients.
- A majority of people facing serious illness or end of life show signs of spiritual distress and report having some spiritual pain.
- Spiritual Care Practitioners and Psycho-Spiritual Therapists help people cope with grief and loss, stress, depression, illness, issues with self-esteem, and finding purpose in life.
Professional Spiritual Care provided as part of health care is associated with increased patient satisfaction, increased patient engagement with health care decisions, faster recovery from illness and decreased lengths of stay.
- Spiritual Care Professionals help people cope, feel more hopeful, and find the strength to continue on.
- Spiritual Care Practitioners support health care institutions by leading staff debriefs and Schwartz Centre Rounds which increases staff wellness and reduces risk of burnout and compassion fatigue, fostering staff well-being and team cohesiveness.