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. […]

Integrating Technology, Telehealth, and Videoconferencing as Tools for Providing Modern Approaches to Spiritual Care in the Clinical Setting as a Hospital Chaplain

Integrating Technology, Telehealth, and Videoconferencing as Tools for Providing Modern Approaches to Spiritual Care in the Clinical Setting as a Hospital Chaplain The problem is that some hospital chaplains lack the proper preparation and strategies for integrating technology to provide spiritual care to patients. The purpose of this DMIN. research project is to develop strategies […]

Layers of senses: Experiencing intercorporeality in teletherapy

Layers of senses: Experiencing intercorporeality in teletherapy Teletherapy, namely, therapy that uses technology for communication between patients and therapists, is challenged by the impersonal nature of remote and digital communication. Using Merleau-Ponty’s theoretical concept of intercorporeality, which refers to the perceived reciprocity between two people’s bodies during communication, this article aims to elaborate on spiritual […]

Chaplains and telechaplaincy: best practices, strengths, weaknesses—a national study

Chaplains and telechaplaincy: best practices, strengths, weaknesses—a national study Download (PDF) Telechaplaincy is the use of telecommunications and virtual technology to deliver religious/spiritual care. It has been used for decades, but chaplains’ understanding of telehealth lags behind other disciplines. The purpose of this study was to describe the use of telechaplaincy in the United States […]

The changing face of spiritual care: current developments in telechaplaincy.

The changing face of spiritual care: current developments in telechaplaincy. Download In recent years, and particularly since the Covid-19 pandemic, tele- health has been rapidly introduced into U.S. healthcare institutions. While preliminary data and best practices are beginning to emerge, it remains unclear how chaplains are responding to this develop- ment in practice. Consequently, professional […]

Digital Spiritual Care: Quo Vadis?

Digital technologies are increasingly part of healthcare: They are used to improve patient treatment, shorten the length of stay in hospital and ensure post-discharge care. Digital spiritual care is part of this development and responds to it. At this conference, current developments in German-speaking countries were examined and knowledge and experiences from practitioners and academics […]

eHeart: A Spiritual Care Digital Platform in Denmark

Dr. Ricko Damberg Nissen, an anthropologist at the Research Unit for General Practice (University of Southern Denmark) talked about the development of “eHeart”, a digital platform for adult patients with cancer, their children and relatives.

Bereavement support through storytelling ​

Rev. Deadra B. Ashton and writer/storyteller Marv Klassen-Landis share how they launched a unique online bereavement support group at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center to help grieving patients through creative story telling.