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 WJC7 Session 4, Ethical Conflicts in End of Life care: What is the Role of Religious Beliefs?
Presented by George Fitchett PhD BCC and Sr. Patricia Murphy PhD BCC

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

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Several studies and high profile cases suggest that more religious family members or patients are more likely to ask for life-sustaining treatment. In the article we discuss in this webinar the authors used records of ethics consultations about conflicts over end of life care in order to get a broad picture of the role played by religion in those cases. They found religious beliefs were more than a source of conflict in decision making, but were also a form of coping. The evidence also indicated that in the majority of cases chaplains played an important part in providing support and in explaining treatment. Finally, the authors report there was no difference in the treatment or outcomes between cases that involved religiously centered conflict and those with other conflict.

Aims for reading this article through the Webinar journal club:
1. To become familiar with evidence that challenges common stereotypes about the role of religious beliefs in conflicts about life-sustaining treatment.
2. To examine evidence about the chaplains? role in cases of conflict about life-sustaining treatment.
3. 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: Bandini, J. I., Courtwright, A., Zollfrank, A. A., Robinson, E. M., & Cadge, W. (2017). The role of religious beliefs in ethics committee consultations for conflict over life-sustaining treatment. Journal of Medical Ethics, 43, 353-358.


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.

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