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Goncalves L.M.,Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul | Osorio I.H.S.,Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul | Oliveira L.L.,Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul | Simonetti L.R.,Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul | And 2 more authors.
Journal of Religion and Health | Year: 2016

We aim to evaluate the perceptions of healthcare students while taking a spiritual history (SH). Fifty students were trained on how to take a SH, interviewed inpatients and answered a questionnaire concerning their perceptions. A total of 362 patients were interviewed: 60.1 % of students felt comfortable taking a SH, 85.1 % believed the patient liked the approach, and 72.1 % believed more benefits could come with a follow-up. When students felt more comfortable, they tended to believe the patient: liked the approach (p < 0.01), felt better (p < 0.01) and more motivated (p < 0.01). Spirituality/health educational strategies may be a valid strategy to prepare future health professionals to face spiritual issues in health scenarios. © 2015, Springer Science+Business Media New York.

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