The Center collaborates with a variety of scholars and graduate students to conduct research and to publish in the areas of wholeness and whole person care. This includes university-wide Wholeness Climate research as well as individual research and publishing projects. Exploration also takes place as an interdisciplinary endeavor, with special focus on exploring whole person care through the arts and humanities, as well as the sciences.

Center Library

Inner-weave Learning Center - A place filled with media resources (i.e. electronic technology, DVDs, videos, books, etc.) intended to assist you in your pursuit of knowledge in the area of spirituality and wholeness.

Current Research

CLEAR Whole Person Care Model (WPC CLEAR Model) Validation Research

The purpose of this investigator-initiated study is to explore the association of personal wholeness and the ability to provide whole person care. To provide initial data and validate the model, a 40-item Whole Person Care questionnaire (LLU WPC) quantitative instrument was developed. It contains five types of questions related to the five areas of the model:

CONNECT: questions related to empathy, connecting, etc.
LISTEN: questions related to listening and one’s ability to listen well
EXPLORE: questions related to the five main categories of wellness as identified by LLU (physical, emotional, spiritual, relational, intellectual) and the five minor categories of wellness (finances, beauty, culture, environment, lifestyle)
ACKNOWLEDGE: questions related to on e’s capacity to identify and take different perspectives, and
RESPOND: questions related to having or identifying resources that are adequate for the circumstances.

To provide an opportunity to compare the results of the 40-item LLU WPC, several validated questionnaires were included in the resulting 111-item WPC questionnaire.

SOUL Spiritual History Integration in Electronic Medical Records (EMR)

In conjunction with the CLEAR model was the development of a Spiritual History, (using the acronym: SOUL,) that could be used in clinical care and patient assessment. The four questions that emerged were embedded in the CLEAR Whole Person Care model and the electronic medical record (EMR)/electronic health records (EHR) to explore the spiritual history of the patient. SOUL is the acronym for teaching and remembering the four questions:

S – Sources of strength
O – Outlook on religion and beliefs
U – Underlying life events/changes (that affect spiritual outlook
L – Links to care

The purpose of the SOUL Spiritual History is to have a better understanding of the core of one's experience and the role of spiritual experience/values in illness and health.

Whole Person Care and Reflective Writing Study

This research project is a mixed-method qualitative and quantitative project composed of:

  • Whole Person Care questionnaire (quantitative) of 111 questions
  • Reflective writing (qualitative)

Student Perceptions of Christian Education in the Dentistry Program at Loma Linda University

The purpose of this mixed-method study is to demonstrate religious and spiritual experiences of students studying within the School of Dentistry. The study explores dental student perceptions of Loma Linda’s spiritual and religious learning environment.

Wholeness Climate Survey at Loma Linda University

The 24-item Wholeness Climate Survey assesses the environment (rather than the individual) in terms of the degree to which the university setting provides a context for developing personal values and personal/professional wholeness. There are 15 questions that assess the overall climate of wholeness on the Loma Linda University campus. There are eight questions that assess the values of Loma Linda:

  • Justice
  • Compassion
  • Humility
  • Integrity
  • Excellence
  • Freedom
  • Self-Control
  • Purity