Bridges to Spiritual Care Conversations in the Exam Room

Bill Morehouse, MD

Room 2

As healthcare workers, the subject often comes up about how to integrate faith-related inquiry and prayer in clinical encounters. Should it be part of our regular job descriptions and training? Where do “bridges” exist in clinical encounters that lend themselves to broaching spiritual care conversations? How will we ever find time to incorporate “non-medical” material like this with all the demands being placed on exam room visits? With which patients should we “cross the bridge” by initiating spiritual conversations? How do we go about it when we feel it is appropriate to proceed? This workshop addresses the message, mission, and motivation behind our mandate and shares some of the experience, tips, and guidelines that CCHF peers have to offer.