Documentation of Assessment of Spiritual Concerns of Adult Advanced Cancer Patients: An Audit in a Hospital-based Specialist Palliative Care Service

Jayita Deodhar, Naveen Salins, Mary Ann Muckaden

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Abstract

Objectives: Spirituality is a significant dimension of quality palliative care service provision. The purpose of our audit was to assess current practice and improve documentation of spiritual concerns of adult advanced cancer patients in a specialist palliative care (SPC) service in a tertiary care cancer centre. Materials and Methods: In a standard-based audit, we measured the percentage of patient assessment forms with documentation of assessed spiritual concerns at a baseline and reaudit after practice change measures. We set the optimum standard that at least 60% of the case forms would have patients' spiritual concerns recorded. We implemented the following measures - (1) engaging our palliative care staff in team discussions on existing practice and identifying problems and (2) conducting a structured 2 h training module for assessment and documentation of patients' spiritual concerns. Results: About 70.8% and 93.4% of the patient assessment forms included had documentation of assessed spiritual concerns which is higher than the standard we set at 60% and 90% at baseline and after implementing practice change, respectively. In the reaudit, we found that documentation specific to spirituality and overall psychological assessment improved. We identified that a persisting problem was the lack of recording of spiritual assessment in the patients' follow-up notes. Conclusion: We achieved the benchmark of a standard-based audit on documentation of assessed spiritual concerns of advanced cancer patients in our SPC service. Regular audits in clinical service delivery and documentation should be integrated into quality improvement measures in palliative care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)495-502
Number of pages8
JournalIndian Journal of Palliative Care
Volume27
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12-2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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