An evidence base for a palliative care chaplaincy service in Northern Ireland

W George Kernohan, Mary Waldron, Caroline McAfee, Barbara Cochrane, Felicity Hasson
Palliative Medicine 2007, 21 (6): 519-25
Palliative care encompasses spiritual as well as physical, social and psychological aspects. Spiritual care has been identified as a key concern of dying patients. During an audit of the Northern Ireland Hospice chaplaincy service against the national Standards for Hospice and Palliative Care Chaplaincy (2003), 62 patients' spiritual needs along with their interactions with the hospice chaplains were assessed by using a questionnaire survey and reviewing data recorded on their pastoral care notes. Findings suggest that the Standards were useful for assessing and addressing spiritual needs. Access to the chaplaincy service (Standard 1) was partially met and Standard 2's spiritual criteria were fully met. The participants, of whom 92% had a faith in God or a Higher Being, highlighted their top six spiritual needs as: to have the time to think; to have hope; to deal with unresolved issues; to prepare for death; to express true feelings without being judged; to speak of important relationships. The majority of the participants (82%) felt their spiritual needs had been addressed and viewed their interaction with the chaplaincy service positively. Recommendations were made relating to improve communication of chaplaincy services.

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