Physician assistant program education on spirituality and religion in patient encounters

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Whitney, Melissa P.
Wentling, Callie J.
Hervey, Ashley Marie
Berg, Gina M.

Melissa P. Whitney, Callie J. Wentling, Ashley Hervey. (2012). Physician Assistant Program Education on Spirituality and Religion in Patient Encounters. -- In Proceedings: 8th Annual Symposium: Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p.149-150


Motivation. This study describes instructional practices of physician assistant (PA) programs in educating students to discuss spirituality and religion during patient encounters. Methodology: An electronic survey was e-mailed to 143 programs across the U.S., with questions regarding these practices. Results: Of the 143 PA programs, 38 schools completed the survey for a 27% response rate. 68.4% of respondents expressed that their students have a desire to be trained to discuss spirituality or religion during patient encounters while 36.8% of program respondents do not offer this training. 69.2% of respondents would consider adding curriculum to teach students to discuss spirituality during patient encounters. 92.3% would not consider adding curriculum to teach students to discuss religion during patient encounters.

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Paper presented to the 8th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Marcus Welcome Center, Wichita State University, April 18, 2012.
Research completed at the Department of Physician Assistant, College of Health Professions