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 […]

Expanding Spiritual Health Access to the Outpatient Clinic Setting: Providence TeleSpiritual Health​

Charlie Shin and Deborah Thompson shared how Providence patients, as in many health systems, experience gaps in access to spiritual health services across the continuum of care. The TeleSpiritual Health (TSH) pilot launched on December 4, 2023, to extend chaplain support to patients seen at the Providence Heart Institute of Oregon. Charlie and Deborah introduced TeleSpiritual Health and shared learnings since the launch.

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 […]