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Spirituality, Culture, and Health

2.2 Contact Hours / 0.22 AOTA CEUs
Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: The outcome of this course is for the learner to describe the relationship between spirituality, culture, and health. The health belief systems and major healthcare systems as well as spiritual, cultural, and healthcare practices of African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, and Arab Americans are explored.
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Healthcare professionals and spiritual care providers face many challenges in becoming prepared to administer holistic, respectful, and culturally and spiritually competent care for their patients and clients. Understanding the relationship between spirituality, culture, and health is a vital part of providing spiritually competent care.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Describe the relationship between spirituality, culture, and health.
  • Define compassion and explain what is meant by culturally competent care.
  • Examine the components of a cultural and spiritual self-assessment.
  • Identify three major health belief systems.
  • Identify four major healthcare systems.
  • Describe specific characteristics about the composition, spiritual and religious practices, cultural aspects, and unique healthcare issues of various ethnic groups.
  • Explain the relationship between language and culturally competent care.
  • List the national standards for culturally and linguistically appropriate services in healthcare.

Until the end of the medieval period, religion, spirituality, and medicine remained integrated in the West. Monasteries housed the first hospitals, and physicians were commonly monks. As Matthews (1999) explains, “At one time, medicine and religion were so thoroughly united that a medicine man was a priest. Many cultures throughout the world still regard their healer in just this way” (p. 17).

However, medicine, spirituality, culture, and religion became separated during the scientific revolution. For many years, spiritual care fell into disuse.

Now, research-based evidence demonstrates the connection between religion, spirituality, and health (Carson & Koenig, 2008). With the increasing focus on holistic, integrative care and a multicultural society, competent healthcare professionals need to integrate cultural as well as spiritual sensitivity into their clients’ healthcare considerations. According to Eckersley (2007), human beings have many aspects:

  • As physical beings, we need nutritious food, clean air and water, adequate shelter, and physical activity and sleep.
  • As social beings, we need family, friends, and communities in which to flourish.
  • As cultural beings, we require cultures to make life meaningful and worthwhile.
  • As spiritual beings, we are deeply connected to our world.

While all people are equal and deserve to be treated with kindness, dignity, and respect, all people do not share the same values, beliefs, and cultural backgrounds. The United States demonstrates the truth of this statement through its unique blending of native and nonnative peoples. Other countries also experience the blend of people, cultures, backgrounds, and experiences. In addition, because of advancements in technology, travel, and communication systems, people of many different cultures enjoy contact with each other (Hitchcock, Schubert, & Thomas, 2002).

Today’s healthcare professionals are presented with the challenge of providing a level of care that respects different cultural values and cultural belief systems. Meeting these varied needs in a multicultural society is an essential part of healthcare.

Understanding and respecting diverse cultural populations and their religious and spiritual beliefs allows healthcare professionals to effectively and compassionately address the special health concerns of their clients and is an important part of providing culturally competent, effective clinical and spiritual care.

The provision of healthcare needs to encompass a holistic perspective—one that attends to all aspects of the mind, body, and spirit—and address care in an integrative way, respecting the cultural beliefs of individuals receiving care. Healthcare professionals who understand the importance of integrating cultural sensitivity with spirituality can provide higher-quality care (Davidhizar, Bechtel, & Juratovac, 2000).

Complete the course post exam (CE Test) with a score of 80% or greater. Complete all fields of the course evaluation form. Certificate of Completion is provided once the course post exam is passed per criteria above.

  • American Board of Managed Care Nursing
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  • California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section
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Course Expires:

February 01, 2026

  • Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC
  • Caroline Young, MPH
Jurisdictional Requirements:

Continuing education (CE) licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. These CE requirements may vary in terms of the number of hours required to the types of courses that must be taken. ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC recommends you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. Compliance with CE requirements is the responsibility of the individual health care provider. Health care providers must understand the CE requirements in their jurisdictions, and be sure they are up-to-date on any rule changes that affect their license. For further information, please see our Accreditation Information.

Accommodations for Disabilities:

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Conflicts of Interest and Relevant Financial Relationships:

The authors/planning committee members have no conflicts of interests or relevant financial relationships to declare relevant to this activity.

Commercial Support:

No commercial support has been received for this activity.

Non-endorsement of products:

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing nursing education only and does not imply ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC approval or endorsement of any commercial product.

Off-label Use of Products:

None of the authors intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the United States.