The Clinical Pastoral Education & Research Center, Japan
PASTORAL CARE SPIRITUAL CARE
IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE WORLD

WHO

  "Freedom from pain should be seen as a right of every cancer patient and access to pain therapy as a measure of respect for this right --- pain relief should be seen as part of a comprehensive pattern of care which encompasses the physical, psychological, social and spiritual aspects of suffering ---

  CANCER PAIN RELIEF AND PALLIATIVE CARE Report of a WHO Expert Committee Geneva 1990 pp.10-11

SPIRITUAL CARE IN THE NATIONAL HEALTHSERVICES (NHS) OF THE UNITED KINGDOM
 
The first of nine national Patient's Charter standards states that: "All health services should made provision so that proper personal consideration is shown to you, for example, by ensuring that your privacy, dignity and religious and cultural beliefs are respected." "Health is not only a matter of an individual's physical state: it encompasses mental, social and spiritual dimensions." The approach to the area of spiritual needs has to be done in a "way which will make a real difference to the quality of care which patients receive.

  "SPIRITUAL CARE IN THE NHS A guide for purchasers and providersNAHAT 1996, p 5 and back cover

PASTORAL COUNSELING & SPIRITUAL CARE IN THE USA

  In 1966 The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations 1966 states under Standards RI 1.3. "The hospital demonstrates respect for the following patient needs RI 1.3.5 Pastoral Counseling. "For many patients, pastoral counseling and other spiritual services are an integral part of health care and daily life. The hospital is able to provide pastoral counseling services for patients who request them.

 "Joint Commission 1996 Accreditation Manual for Hospitals Volume I Standards
  1966 Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations