Oak Brook, IL (PRWEB) August 13, 2012
Advocate Health Care, one of the nation’s top health systems, is conducting an 18-month long study on how chaplains provide palliative care in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), thanks to a grant from the HealthCare Chaplaincy provided by the John Templeton Foundation. Advocate was one of six organizations nationally to receive the funding.
As a faith-based, healthcare system, Advocate’s chaplains play a critical role in providing care for patients and families dealing with life-threatening situations in the ICU. The study titled, What do I do?— Developing a Taxonomy of Chaplaincy Activities and Interventions for Spiritual Care in ICU Palliative Care, will identify exactly how that care is provided and its impact on patient outcomes.
“The study will give us a more precise description and listing of all the essential activities performed by our chaplains working in the ICU,” said Rev. Kathie Bender Schwich, senior vice president, mission and spiritual care, Advocate Health Care. “The knowledge will ultimately benefit our patients and families and help our clinical teams align more closely with the work of the chaplains.”
The connection between physical and spiritual care is a foundational principal at Advocate. Chaplains help patients and families with ethical questions, give counseling on advance directives and provide connections to spiritual sources of strength, among a host of other spiritual services.
The primary sites being studied in the research project are Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center on Chicago’s north side and Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove. Chaplains from all of Advocate’s 12 hospitals are taking part in the study. It will be led by Rev. Kevin Massey, vice president of Mission and Spiritual Care, Advocate Lutheran General and will conclude in 2013.