Managing the Spiritual Event of Serious Illness

This online course will provide practical, evidence-based strategies in the management of spiritual and religious concerns in order to help patients find comfort in serious illness and near the end of life.

Target Audience

Family physicians, general internists, hospitalists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, dietitians and respiratory therapists (personal growth).

Learning Objectives

  • Define the concepts of spirituality and religiosity.
  • Recognize the significance of religion and spirituality in the lives of those who are seriously ill or dying, and of their family and friends.
  • Analyze spiritual and religious coping and its efficacy and discuss the scientific evidence.
  • Discuss the connection between religion and health behaviors that are critical to quality of life.
  • Respond to patients' spiritual and religious concerns and needs in order to help them find comfort in serious illness and near the end of life.
Additional information
Bibliography: 
  • Koenig, H. G., Al-Zaben, F., & VanderWeele, T. J. (2020). Religion and psychiatry: Recent developments in research. BJPsych Advances, 26(5), 262-272.
  • Koenig, H. G. (2018). Religion and mental health: Research and clinical applications. Academic Press.
  • Miller, L., Bansal, R., Wickramaratne, P., Hao, X., Tenke, C. E., Weissman, M. M., & Peterson, B. S. (2014). Neuroanatomical correlates of religiosity and spirituality: a study in adults at high and low familial risk for depression. JAMA psychiatry, 71(2), 128-135.
  • Koenig, H., Koenig, H. G., King, D., & Carson, V. B. (2012). Handbook of religion and health. Oup Usa.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 General certificate of attendance
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Dietitians
  • 1.00 Nurse Practitioners
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Nursing
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Pharmacy
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Respiratory Therapy
Course opens: 
07/28/2021
Course expires: 
07/27/2022

Reverend Guillermo Escalona, M.Div.    
Director, Pastoral Care 
Board-certified Chaplain APC
Certified in Thanatology, ADEC
Baptist Health South Florida 
Pastoral Care Service
Miami, Florida

Reverend Guillermo Escalona, M.Div., faculty for this educational activity, has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies* to disclose, and has indicated that the presentation or discussion will not include off-label or unapproved product usage.

Agueda Hernandez, M.D., director for this educational activity, disclosed that she is a stockholder in Merck. 

The relevant financial relationship with ineligible companies* listed for this individual has been mitigated.

Non-faculty contributors involved in the planning, development and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose with ineligible companies*.

*Ineligible Companies - Companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

Disclosure Policy and Disclaimer

Baptist Health South Florida is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Baptist Health has been re-surveyed by the ACCME and awarded Commendation for 6 years as a provider of CME for physicians.
              
Baptist Health South Florida designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 General certificate of attendance
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Dietitians
  • 1.00 Nurse Practitioners
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Nursing
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Pharmacy
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Respiratory Therapy
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