Making the Case: Spiritual Care in Palliative Care
According to the National Palliative Care Registry, even as the number of palliative care programs grow, 44% of programs with complete interdisciplinary teams still report only a 0.5 FTE chaplain. Of the 56% of programs without a complete interdisciplinary team, 70% report no chaplain FTE. Forty percent of palliative care teams with a chaplain fund these positions through "in kind" or volunteer staffing models, while the remaining 60% are funded directly through the palliative care budget.
With the great opportunities for growth in palliative care chaplain staffing, the Coalition not only supports spiritual care as an essential component of quality palliative care but also advocates for palliative care chaplain staff positions to provide speciality expertise in the unique spiritual concerns of those living with or affected by serious, advanced illness.
With that in mind, the following clinical practice guidelines provide endorsement for spiritual care as a mandatory component of palliative care, preferably provided by a trained, board-certified chaplain.
UPDATED PALLIATIVE CARE SPIRITUAL ASSESSMENT TOOL - from the National Association of Catholic Chaplains
The Impact of Professional Spiritual Care: A co-authored and co-published e-resource with the most current expressions of and research on the profession of chaplaincy and spiritual care in the United States and Canada. Designed for use by chaplains, spiritual care staff, administrators, and leaders to explain and advocate for professional chaplaincy.
A Three-Part Special Report from a Conference on the State of the Science of Spirituality and Palliative Care Research
Transforming Chaplaincy: By drawing together leaders in chaplaincy from around the world and numerous healthcare settings, Transforming Chaplaincy is a truly collaborative initiative that seeks to address the needs and concerns of the entire spectrum of spiritual care.