FICA Recommendations

We recommend the following for healthcare providers taking a patient's spiritual history:

  1. Consider spirituality as a potentiality important component of every patient's physical well being and mental health.
  2. Address spirituality at each complete physical examination and continue addressing it at follow-up visits if appropriate. In patient care, spirituality is an ongoing issue.
  3. Respect a patient's privacy regarding spiritual beliefs; don't impose your beliefs on others.
  4. Make referrals to chaplains, spiritual directors, or community resources as appropriate.
  5. Be aware that your own spiritual beliefs will help you personally and will overflow in your encounters with those for whom you care to make the doctor-patient encounter a more humanistic one.