Activity ID



April 1, 2021

Format Type


CME Credit



CME Provider

American Academy on Communication in Healthcare


Most Americans say that religion is important to them. If you ignore this dimension, you limit your ability to attend to your patients’ needs. Religious beliefs impact patients’ health and responses to disease, and they exert a special influence during times of personal crisis and suffering. Empathic exploration and dialogue about religious and spiritual matters is an important therapeutic tool. Clinicians who compassionately address religion and spirituality in their medical encounters can enhance patients’ ability to cope with illness.

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Self-assessment questions tailored to each specific module topic are required upon module completion. Multiple choice questions required; open-ended discussion questions are optional.

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Educational Objectives

Describe the rationale for exploring and supporting the role of religion and spirituality in patients' lives.
Ask patients about the importance of religion and spirituality in their lives.
Explore whether patients' religious beliefs give meaning and support to them in their experience of serious illness, suffering and death.
Offer patients religious and spiritual supports such as referrals to clergy.
Describe possible professional boundary violations with respect to religious and spiritual matters.


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Interpersonal & Communication Skills, Professionalism

CME Credit Type

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

Physician Well-being activity

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Practice Setting

Academic Medicine, Inpatient, Outpatient, Rural, Urban, VA/Military

National Quality Strategies and/or Quadruple Aim Care Processes

Communication Skills, Assessment, Quality Improvement, Professionalism, Physician-Patient Relationship

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