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 v5WJC Session 2, Spiritual Care in the ICU: Impact on Family Satisfaction
Presented by George Fitchett PhD BCC and Sr. Patricia Murphy PhD BCC

1 CE hours, plus reading/study hours - Methodology 8, Research

$62/member; $98/nonmember
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Chaplains spend a lot of time with ICU patients and their families, but we know little about the care we provide or its impact on important patient/family outcomes. One very important outcome for families whose loved ones die in the ICU is their experience of how decisions to discontinue life support technologies were made. This study provides important information both about the care chaplains provided and its impact on family satisfaction, especially satisfaction with decision-making in the ICU.

Key features of the study: surveys of chaplain spiritual care in the ICU and of family satisfaction with ICU decision-making and care.

Aims for reading this article through the Webinar Journal Club:
1. Introduce chaplains to evidence about the prevalence of distress among family members whose loved ones die in an ICU after a decision to discontinue life support technologies.
2. To introduce chaplains to information about the kind and amount of spiritual care chaplains provided in the ICU.
3. To introduce chaplains to evidence that spiritual care provided by chaplains was associated with greater family satisfaction with ICU decision-making and care.
4. To help chaplains develop and maintain research literacy, including the ability to critically read research and, where appropriate, apply the findings in their professional practice.

Reading: Johnson JR et al. (2014) The association of spiritual care providers' activities with family members' satisfaction with care after a death in the ICU. Critical Care Medicine, 42, pp. 1991-2000.


George Fitchett DMin PhD BCC is a professor and the director of research in the Department of Religion, Health and Human Values, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL. He has been a board certified chaplain (Board of Chaplaincy Certification Inc.) and pastoral supervisor (Association for Clinical Pastoral Education) for over 30 years. His book, Assessing Spiritual Needs (Academic Renewal Press, 2002), is a widely used text in clinical and academic training programs. Since 1990, Fitchett has been involved in research examining the relationship between religion and health in a variety of community and clinical populations. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, and published in chaplaincy, medical and psychological journals. In 2006, he received the Anton Boisen Professional Service Award from APC.

Sr. Patricia Murphy PhD BCC has a doctorate degree in pastoral counseling from Loyola University in Baltimore, MD, and a master's in Christian spirituality from St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO. She is an associate professor, and has taught research and statistics, as well as counseling, for many years at Rush University Medical Center, College of Health Sciences, Chicago, IL. Board certified with BCCI, she also is the chaplain for the inpatient psychiatry units at Rush. Murphy's research has examined the role of religious beliefs in adults diagnosed with depression. To learn more about her own work and her work with George Fitchett, go to Research in Religion, Health & Human Values on the Rush website.

About the Webinar Journal Club V Course

Format: APC-sponsored course, presented as five bi-monthly 60-minute webinar sessions, starting in September 2015 and concluding in May 2016. Participants may register for one, several or all five sessions. Copies of each research article will be made available to those who register for these webinars. For each session, an author of the study will join us to respond to questions from the webinar presenters and participants.
Continuity: While there is a common theme for all the articles in the series, each session will be complete in itself, so participants may register for one, several, or all five sessions.

Audience: The series is designed to help chaplains with no prior experience learn to read and understand research. It will also introduce research-literate chaplains to important research about spiritual needs and chaplains activities in response to those needs.

Preparation: The articles selected for the series will be available prior to the webinar sessions and participants are strongly encouraged to read them, and complete their own summary reviews of the studies, in preparation for the webinar. A form will be provided to help participants create their own summary reviews.

When you purchase this webinar recording, you will receive a PDF file with links to watch the recording and access supplemental materials directly from our web page. You'll be able to hear and see the complete presentation, including Q&A with audience.