Table 1

The Spiritual Needs Model


Definition of dimension

Definition of need related to dimension


The dimension that provides orientation to an individual's life and promotes his or her overall life balance.

The Need for life balance

The need to rebuild a new life balance and the need to learn how better to cope with illness or disability.


The anchor point exterior to the person; the relationship with an external foundation that provides a sense of grounding.

The Need for connection

The need for connection with his or her existential foundation and the need for Beauty (aesthetic sense).


The system of values that determines goodness and trueness for the person; it is made apparent in the person's actions and life choices.

Value 1: The Need for values acknowledgement

The need that health professionals know and respect one's values.

Value 2: The Need to maintain control

The need to understand and to feel included in decision-making processes and to be associated with health professionals' decisions and actions.

Psycho-social Identity

The patient's environment; those elements, such as society, caregivers, family, and close relationships that together make up the person's singular identity.

The Need to maintain identity

The need to be loved, to be heard, to be recognized, to be in touch, to have a positive image of oneself and to feel forgiven.

Monod et al. BMC Geriatrics 2012 12:13   doi:10.1186/1471-2318-12-13

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