spirituality and medicine:
curriculum development project


Core learning outcomes in spiritual care


Medical education tries to instil in students a triad of knowledge, attitudes and skills. This is as true for spirituality as for any other area of the curriculum.

In the US, where over three quarters of medical schools run courses in spirituality, a task force from the 'Medical Schools Objectives Project' set out to try to define the learning objectives for such courses. Follow the link below to read their recommendations.

For UK courses, a tentative list of knowledge, attitudes and skills outcomes are suggested below. Feedback on any of these would be much appreciated as we try to achieve consensus on what constitute core attributes in this area.


The Spirituality and Medicine Curriculum Development Project is funded by the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry.