Religious and Spiritual Issues at End of Life

This course examines the impact of spiritual discontent at the end of life.  

Target Audience

Oncologists, Radiation Oncologists, Hematology Oncologists, Radiation Therapists, Patient Navigators and other interested healthcare providers.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the significance of religion and spirituality in the lives of those who are dying and in their family and friends.
  • Describe a variety of approaches to conducting a spiritual assessment for patients at the end of life.
  • Describe three common spiritual concerns of dying patients.
Additional information
  • Ehman, J. W., Ott, B. B., Short, T. H., Ciampa, R. C., & Hansen-Flaschen, J. (1999). Do patients want physicians to inquire about their spiritual or religious beliefs if they become gravely ill?. Archives of Internal Medicine, 159(15), 1803-1806.
  • Hermann, C. P. (2001, January). Spiritual needs of dying patients: a qualitative study. In Oncology nursing forum (Vol. 28, No. 1).
  • Silvestri, G. A., Knittig, S., Zoller, J. S., & Nietert, P. J. (2003). Importance of faith on medical decisions regarding cancer care. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 21(7), 1379-1382.
Course Summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.75 General certificate of attendance
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Course expires: 

Rev. Guillermo Escalona, MDIV, BCC
Director of Pastoral Care
Baptist Health South Florida

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

Conference Director
Minesh Mehta, M.D., has indicated that he is a consultant with Celgene, Tocagen, Abbvie and Astra Zeneca. He is on the board of directors for Oncoceutics and on the medical advisory boards for Colby, Stemina and Procertus.

All of the relevant financial relationships listed for this individual has been mitigated.

Non-faculty contributors and others 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 1.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Available Credit

  • 1.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.75 General certificate of attendance
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