Promoting Excellence : FICA: Taking a Spiritual History

FICA: Taking a Spiritual History: Workgroup on Palliative and End-of-Life Care in HIV/AIDS

The FICA enumerates four areas of discussion - Faith and Belief, Importance, Community, Address in Care - and provides leading questions in each area for the patient to consider.

Clinical Care Tools - Spiritual

The Workgroup on Palliative and End-of-Life Care in HIV/AIDS of
Promoting Excellence in End-of-Life Care
Carla A. Alexander, M.D., Co-Chair
Anthony Back, M.D., Co-Chair

Carla Alexander, M.D.
Palliative Care Program
University of Maryland School of Medicine
29 S Green St #300
Baltimore MD 21201

Recommendation of the workgroup for use of this instrument: An aid to clinicians when discussing the spiritual needs of the patient.

spiritual assessment, spiritual care, spiri

To use this tool:
You may print and copy this tool for your own use from this site. Please credit source.

Christina Puchalski, M.D., The George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health, 1996.

To view this tool:
HIV Care: An Agenda for Change, Appendix B

Posted March 2005

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Promoting Excellence in End-of-Life Care was a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation dedicated to long-term changes in health care institutions to substantially improve care for dying people and their families. Visit for more resources.

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