Discussion: Patient’s Spiritual Needs Case Analysis

Discussion: Patient’s Spiritual Needs Case Analysis

Use the chart you completed and the questions you answered in Topic 3 about “Case Study: Healing and Autonomy” as the basis for your responses in this assignment, in addition to the topic study materials.

In light of the Christian worldview, answer the following questions about a patient’s spiritual needs.

Respond to the following in 200-250 words: Should the physician allow Mike to continue making decisions that seem irrational and harmful to James, or would that be a violation of a patient’s autonomy? Explain your reasoning.
Respond to the following in 400-450 words: How should a Christian approach sickness and health? What is a Christian’s perspective on medical intervention? As a Christian, what should Mike do? How should he reason about trusting God and how he should treat James in light of what is truly honoring the principles of beneficence and nonmaleficence in James’ care?
In 200-250 words, explain how a spiritual needs assessment would assist Mike in determining appropriate interventions for James and his family or others involved in his care.

Discussion Patient's Spiritual Needs Case Analysis
Discussion Patient’s Spiritual Needs Case Analysis

Remember to use the topic study materials to back up your answers.

While APA style is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected, and source documentation should be presented using APA formatting guidelines, which can be found in the Student Success Center’s APA Style Guide.

A rubric is used for this assignment. This assignment must be submitted to LopesWrite.


1. Decisions that must be made by the physician and the father are examined from both perspectives, with a thorough understanding of the complexities of the autonomy principle. The case study, topic study materials, or Topic 3 assignment responses are used to support the analysis. a percentage of 20%

2. Decisions that the physician and father must make are analyzed with a thorough understanding of the complexities of the Christian perspective, as well as the principles of beneficence and nonmaleficence. The case study, topic study materials, or Topic 3 assignment responses are used to support the analysis. a percentage of 20%

3. The connection between a spiritual needs assessment and providing appropriate interventions is clearly analyzed, with a deep

Discussion Patient's Spiritual Needs Case Analysis
Discussion Patient’s Spiritual Needs Case Analysis

understanding of how a spiritual needs assessment would help the physician assist the father in determining appropriate interventions for his son, his family, or others involved in his son’s care. The case study, topic study materials, or Topic 3 assignment responses are used to support the analysis. thirty percent

4. The thesis is thorough and contains the essence of the paper. The purpose of the paper is made clear by the thesis statement. 7% of the total

5. A clear and convincing argument presents a compelling claim in a unique and compelling way. All sources are reliable. 8% of the total

6. The writer clearly understands standard written academic English. 5% of the total

7. All of the formatting elements are correct. 5% of the total

8. Sources are completely and correctly documented, according to the assignment and style, and the format is error-free.


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There are three different parts to this paper:

· Part one deals with Mike’s decision-making capabilities.

· Part two deals with how to think issues related to sickness and health.

· Part three deals with a spiritual assessment.


Read “Doing a Culturally Sensitive Spiritual Assessment: Recognizing Spiritual Themes and Using the HOPE Questions,” by Anandarajah, from AMA Journal of Ethics(2005).


Read “End of Life and Sanctity of Life,” by Reichman, from American Medical Association Journal of Ethics, formerly Virtual Mentor (2005).

You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.

Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.

Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.

The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.


Discussion Questions (DQ)

Initial responses to the DQ should address all components of the questions asked, include a minimum of one scholarly source, and be at least 250 words.
Successful responses are substantive (i.e., add something new to the discussion, engage others in the discussion, well-developed idea) and include at least one scholarly source.
One or two sentence responses, simple statements of agreement or “good post,” and responses that are off-topic will not count as substantive. Substantive responses should be at least 150 words.
I encourage you to incorporate the readings from the week (as applicable) into your responses.
Weekly Participation

Your initial responses to the mandatory DQ do not count toward participation and are graded separately.
In addition to the DQ responses, you must post at least one reply to peers (or me) on three separate days, for a total of three replies.
Participation posts do not require a scholarly source/citation (unless you cite someone else’s work).
Part of your weekly participation includes viewing the weekly announcement and attesting to watching it in the comments. These announcements are made to ensure you understand everything that is due during the week.
APA Format and Writing Quality

Familiarize yourself with APA format and practice using it correctly. It is used for most writing assignments for your degree. Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for APA paper templates, citation examples, tips, etc. Points will be deducted for poor use of APA format or absence of APA format (if required).
Cite all sources of information! When in doubt, cite the source. Paraphrasing also requires a citation.
I highly recommend using the APA Publication Manual, 6th edition.
Use of Direct Quotes

I discourage overutilization of direct quotes in DQs and assignments at the Masters’ level and deduct points accordingly.
As Masters’ level students, it is important that you be able to critically analyze and interpret information from journal articles and other resources. Simply restating someone else’s words does not demonstrate an understanding of the content or critical analysis of the content.
It is best to paraphrase content and cite your source.
LopesWrite Policy

For assignments that need to be submitted to LopesWrite, please be sure you have received your report and Similarity Index (SI) percentage BEFORE you do a “final submit” to me.
Once you have received your report, please review it. This report will show you grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors that can easily be fixed. Take the extra few minutes to review instead of getting counted off for these mistakes.
Review your similarities. Did you forget to cite something? Did you not paraphrase well enough? Is your paper made up of someone else’s thoughts more than your own?
Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for tips on improving your paper and SI score.
Late Policy

The university’s policy on late assignments is 10% penalty PER DAY LATE. This also applies to late DQ replies.
Please communicate with me if you anticipate having to submit an assignment late. I am happy to be flexible, with advance notice. We may be able to work out an extension based on extenuating circumstances.
If you do not communicate with me before submitting an assignment late, the GCU late policy will be in effect.
I do not accept assignments that are two or more weeks late unless we have worked out an extension.
As per policy, no assignments are accepted after the last day of class. Any assignment submitted after midnight on the last day of class will not be accepted for grading.

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