hospice care, spiritual care, spiritual care protocol, spirituality



  1. Smith, Christy DNP, ACNP-BC
  2. Lakin, Tracy DNP, CRNP


Spiritual care is a critical aspect of end-of-life care that is often undervalued and underaddressed by hospice health care teams. The purpose of this quality improvement project was to determine if the implementation of an evidence-based spiritual care protocol changed practices regarding the initial assessment of spiritual needs, frequency of reassessment of needs, the inclusion of spiritual interventions, and staff perspectives on spiritual care. The preimplementation and postimplementation data evaluation displayed increased compliance with spiritual needs assessment within 5 days of admission, increased reassessment intervals, an increase in the percentage of interactions that included spiritual interventions, and improved staff perspectives on spiritual care. The findings of the study support implementation of a spiritual care protocol in hospice patients.