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Thursday, 2nd July 2020

African Palliative Care Research Network Webinar: 19th February, 2020

Time : 4.30pm East African Time

Title: Development of an Instrument to Assess Psycho-social Spiritual Healing: NIH Healing Experience of All Life Stressors (NIH-HEALS)

Ann Berger, MSN, MD

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Pain and Palliative Care

NIH Healing Experience of All Life Stressors (NIH-HEALS)

About the NIH-HEALS

Healing Experience of All Life Stressors (NIH-HEALS) was developed by the NIH Clinical Center Pain and Palliative Care Service as a psycho-social-spiritual measure of healing that assesses positive transformation in response to challenging life events. It is a self-report, 35-item questionnaire.

NIH-HEALS was developed by the observation that some patients with life-threatening and/or severe chronic illness report positive psychological, social, and spiritual change during the diagnosis or treatment of their illness, even in the face of unfavourable prognosis.

Identifying the factors that contribute to or detract from the positive transformation known as "healing", has far reaching implications for interventions aimed at improving quality of life, mind, body, and spiritual wellness in the face of life's challenges.


Ann Berger, MSN, M.D.

Dr. Ann Berger completed her undergraduate degree with a B.S. in nursing from New York University, which was then followed by receiving a MSN in Oncology Nursing from University of Pennsylvania.  After working as an Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist for several years, Dr. Berger completed her medical training at Medical College of Ohio in Toledo, Ohio.  Following medical school, Dr. Berger completed an internship and residency at Hartford Hospital in Connecticut and a Fellowship in medical oncology and pain/palliative care at Yale University in Connecticut. 

Dr. Berger has had over 25 years of experience in pain and palliative care. Currently she is chief of pain and palliative care at National Institutes of Health, clinical center where she has patient care, education, administrative, and research responsibilities.

Dr. Berger has lectured nationally and internationally. Dr. Bergers research involves developing ways to measure psychosocial spiritual healing.  She has also published extensively in the field of pain and palliative care.