An added dimension to the pediatric health maintenance visit: The spiritual history

Mimi McEvoy

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The initial pediatric health maintenance visit gives the nurse practitioner (NP) an opportunity to gather information about a family that can be used to advise an effective and culturally sensitive plan of care. NPs have a history of exploring spirituality as a segment of a family's culture to help children and their parents cope with an acute or chronic illness. However, spirituality should also be discussed with a family because it may affect their normal, everyday lives. Religious traditions, values, and ethical concerns may provide rich insight into a family's dynamic, which can increase an NP's understanding. The mnemonic B-E-L-I-E-F is used to guide NPs through a discussion of spirituality within a pediatric health care maintenance context. This framework, which incorporates an added dimension of spirituality into the health history, will further advance efforts to assist families in fostering optimal childhood growth and development during a routine health care maintenance visit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)216-220
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Pediatric Health Care
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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