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A Test of the Factor Structure of the Patient Spiritual Needs Assessment Scale

Flannelly, Kevin J. PhD; Galek, Kathleen PhD; Flannelly, Laura T. PhD, RN


Factor analysis was conducted on the responses of 683 individuals who completed a 24-item version of the Patient Spiritual Needs Assessment Scale. The results provided strong support for 4 of the 6 dimensions of spiritual needs and weaker support for one of the others. The 6 dimensions were appreciation of art and beauty, meaning and purpose, love and belonging, death/resolution, positivity/gratitude/hope/peace, and the Divine. The coherence of the dimensions is discussed in the context of the scale's intended application.

HealthCare Chaplaincy, New York.

Corresponding author: Kevin J. Flannelly, PhD, The HealthCare Chaplaincy, 307 E 60th St, New York, NY 10022 (e-mail:

The authors acknowledge the generous financial support for this research by the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations and the John Templeton Foundation. The authors also thank Nilda Rivera and Naomi Sacks for their assistance in preparing this manuscript.

© 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.