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 WJC6 Session 2, The Shocking Absence of Conversation about Religion and Spirituality - and Chaplains - from Goals of Care Discussions with Surrogate Decision Makers
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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For many spiritual care departments, it is a priority to provide care for patients and families in the ICU. In light of this, the study we discuss in this webinar reports puzzling and distressing findings. Religion/spirituality were mentioned in only 16% of 249 audio-recorded goals of care discussions between healthcare providers and surrogate decisions makers for ICU patients that took place in 13 ICUs across the country. Even more shocking, chaplains were present in only two of the 249 discussions. In this webinar we will review the study findings and discuss their implications for chaplains’ work in the ICU. Colleagues from your ICUs may be interested in joining you for this webinar.

Aims for reading this article through the Webinar Journal Club:

To introduce chaplains to new evidence that religion/spirituality are omitted from goals of care discussions between healthcare providers and surrogate decision makers for ICU patients.
To make chaplains aware of the contrast between this omission and national guidelines for ICU care.
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: Ernecoff NC, Curlin FA, Buddadhumaruk P and White DB. (2015). Health care professionals' responses to religious or spiritual statements by surrogate decision makers during goals-of-care discussions. JAMA Internal Medicine 175 (10): 1662-1669.


George Fitchett PhD BCC is an associate 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 (Association of Professional Chaplains) and pastoral supervisor (Association for Clinical Pastoral Education) for over 25 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 pastoral, 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. 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 Web site.

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.