spiritual assessment; multimodal pain therapy; health communication; Spiritual Care; DocCom.Deutsch; chronic pain; health care education
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Hasenfratz Karin, Moergeli Hanspeter, Sprott Haiko, Ljutow André, Hefti René, Rittmayer Isabelle, Peng-Keller Simon, Rufer Michael (2021), Do Chronic Pain Patients Wish Spiritual Aspects to Be Integrated in Their Medical Treatment? A Cross-Sectional Study of Multiple Facilities, in Frontiers in Psychiatry
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Peng-Keller Simon, Moergeli Hanspeter, Hasenfratz Karin, Naef Rahel, Rettke Horst, Hefti René, Ljutow André, Rittmeyer Isabelle, Sprott Haiko, Rufer Michael (2021), Including the Spiritual Dimension in Multimodal Pain Therapy. Development and Validation of the Spiritual Distress and Resources Questionnaire (SDRQ), in Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
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Background: The goal of the interdisciplinary project is to improve health care for chronic pain patients through the integration of interprofessional spiritual care in practice and education. The project addresses a threefold set of problems: the undertreatment of chronic pain; the communicational challenges in attending spiritual needs of patients with chronic pain; the lack of appropriate clinical and educational tools for spiritual care in the field of chronic pain care and in chronic disease care in general. Aims: The project has two main aims with specific, but interlaced research objectives: (1.) It investigates the significance of the spiritual dimension in caring for chronic pain patients and develops a screening tool for its integration in regular health care. (2.) Based on the outcome from research related to the first aim, the development of an evidence-based teaching-learning instrument, which can be used for the formation and advanced interprofessional health education training, shall be pursued. Structure: The project includes three subprojects: Subproject A aims to establish a phenomenology of chronic pain under special consideration of the spiritual dimension and a conceptual framework for subprojects B and C. By integrating medical, psychological, nursing and theological aspects into the spiritual care horizon, a solid interdisciplinary basis is to be laid for the overall project. Furthermore, the interdisciplinary reflection shall also supervise the development of subprojects B and C, and contribute to the conceptual clarity as well as to the subsequent communication of the perspectives involved in the research process. In a subsequent phase, Subproject B aims to develop and validate a context-sensitive screening tool for clinical practice that enables health care professionals to identify patients’ spiritual concerns and resources. Our work will be informed by literature on spiritual care assessment instruments and based on focus group interviews with health care professionals and chronic pain patients in various health care centres. The screening instrument will be subsequently tested for reliability and validity in the target population. Subproject C is based on our previous research on medical education and the eLearning tool DocCom.Deutsch. It aims at applying the knowledge gained from subproject A and B in order to develop an empirically based eLearning tool for health provider-communication with particular emphasis on chronic pain and spiritual care. As proof of concept the effectiveness of the learning tool shall be evaluated by means of a scientifically implemented multi-centre field study. In the end, the eLearning tool shall prove to be suitable for early interprofessional communication skills-training as preparation for further training with standardised patients and finally with patients, in a scaffolding manner: from conceptual training, to safe training with simulation-patients to practice in real-life situations.Methods: Methodologically the project espouses an interdisciplinary approach situated in the international research field of spiritual care, health communication research, and research on chronic pain. Institutionally the research project is attached to the professorship for spiritual care at the University of Zurich and contributes to promoting this new field of research and teaching. Scientific significance: By complementing the biopsychosocial paradigm of contemporary pain research and therapy through insights drawn from recent research in spiritual care and health care communication, the project performs interdisciplinary integration and promotes pain therapy which systematically integrates the spiritual concerns of patients into treatment plans. The project submitted is the first spiritual care related research project in Switzerland conducted in the area of chronic pain. It thus contributes to the development of a new field of clinical research. As to educational research, it represents a joint research project involving various education and research institutions, it initiates academic and scientific exchange that is likely to continue beyond the scope of the project submitted.The clinical relevance of the project lies in the intended improvement of quality in care for chronic pain patients in Switzerland by an evidence-based and context-sensitive screening tool for interprofessional practice. With a specific focus on chronic pain, the project develops the necessary conditions for raising awareness among healthcare professionals in Switzerland of spiritual issues that impact on the delivery of care. By targeting chronic pain care, the project expands the focus of spiritual care in Switzerland from palliative end-of-life care to the broader field of healthcare for people with severe chronic diseases.