A single-arm pilot of MyInspiration: a novel digital resource to support spiritual needs of patients undergoing cancer-directed surgery

A single-arm pilot of MyInspiration: a novel digital resource to support spiritual needs of patients undergoing cancer-directed surgery Download Purpose: This study aimed to assess the feasibility, acceptability, and satisfaction associated with the MyInspiration intervention, a digital spiritual support tool for patients undergoing cancer surgery. Additionally, we evaluated changes in spiritual well-being and the ability to […]

Navigating challenges in telechaplaincy: A thematic analysis of an international conference

Navigating challenges in telechaplaincy: A thematic analysis of an international conference Download Telehealth-based care models are being widely adopted by primary care providers and large healthcare institutions. Drawing on data collected at an international conference on the theory and practice of telechaplaincy, this article identifies and discusses how chaplains navigate various telechaplaincy-related challenges. A thematic […]

Zooming to the Scene: Higher Education Chaplaincy and Hybrid Digital Care

Zooming to the Scene: Higher Education Chaplaincy and Hybrid Digital Care This essay emphasizes the demand within higher education for hybrid residential and digital care from chaplains and the growing necessity for theological education and continuing education that offer literacy of current technological training of digital platforms. While the American religious landscape is shifting away […]

Will AI ever become spiritual? A Hospital Chaplaincy perspective

Will AI ever become spiritual? A Hospital Chaplaincy perspective With humanity’s ever-increasing reliance on, and closer integration with Artificial Intelligence (AI), the questions of AI’s agency as both potential spiritual-being and spiritual care-giver are pressing. This paper reviews these from an acute Hospital Chaplaincy perspective, utilising that sector’s broad definitions of spirituality, and case studies. […]

Improving quality in pastoral care using the Pastoral Care Activity Tracker (PCAT): A feasibility study of a digital tool within an Australian healthcare organization

Improving quality in pastoral care using the Pastoral Care Activity Tracker (PCAT): A feasibility study of a digital tool within an Australian healthcare organization Background: Activity reporting of Pastoral Care Coordinators (PCCs) is often inadequate within care settings because of suboptimal analog data collection methods. This study aims to render pastoral care activity reporting more […]

Virtual Pastor: Virtualization, AI, and Pastoral Care

Virtual Pastor: Virtualization, AI, and Pastoral Care This paper explores innovations in AI and virtual reality that could reshape pastoral care delivery. This includes approaches that preserve the paradigm of a human care provider interacting directly with a client, and others in which the provider is not present in real time or care is provided […]

Pastoral and Spiritual Care in a Digital Age: The Future Is Now

Pastoral and Spiritual Care in a Digital Age: The Future Is Now Artificial intelligence (AI) is changing what it means to be human. Given our increasing merger with machines, we have therefore entered uncharted territory and an era of unprecedented change. For pastoral and spiritual care providers, religious faith communities, clinical practitioners, and educators, immediate […]

Pastoral Virtues for Artificial Intelligence: Care and the Algorithms that Guide Our Lives

Pastoral Virtues for Artificial Intelligence: Care and the Algorithms that Guide Our Lives Pastoral Virtues for Artificial Intelligence (AI) acknowledges that human destiny is intimately tied to artificial intelligence. AI already outperforms a person on most tasks. Our ever-deepening relationship with an AI that is increasingly autonomous mirrors our relationship to what is perceived as […]

Reconnecting: Strategies for Supporting Isolated Older Adults during COVID-19 through Tele-palliative Care

Reconnecting: Strategies for Supporting Isolated Older Adults during COVID-19 through Tele-palliative Care The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in unprecedented levels of social isolation which has negatively impacted older patients in particular on multiple levels. We present a case of an older patient with several complex psychosocial issues who was hospitalized and died from COVID-19. The […]

Digital Competencies for Nurses: Tools for Responding to Spiritual Care Needs

Digital Competencies for Nurses: Tools for Responding to Spiritual Care Needs Users show a growing interest in expanding the implementation of digital tools as a support of technical and management issues in healthcare. This medical care has focused on telemedicine but does not include the recognition of needs as an important part of patient-centred healthcare. […]