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The 7 x 7 model for spiritual assessment has been an important model for spiritual assessment since its development in the mid-1980s. It was developed by a team of Rush chaplains and nursing faculty that included George Fitchett, DMin, PhD, Russell Burck, PhD, Carol J. Farran, DNSc, and Julia Emblen, PhD.

The 7 x 7 model is described in George Fitchett's book, Assessing Spiritual Needs, originally published by Augsburg Press (1993), and re-issued by Academic Renewal Press (2002). The book includes three case studies that illustrate the use of the model in spiritual care. It also describes and evaluates three other approaches to spiritual assessment.

From the previous page, you may download:

  • An introduction to the 7 x 7 model for spiritual assessment, including a bibliography
  • A bibliography about other models for spiritual assessment
  • A case study illustrating the use of the 7 x 7 model in spiritual care


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