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Feasibility and acceptability of a telephone-based chaplaincy intervention in a large, outpatient oncology center.
Support Care Cancer. 2020 Jul 04 [Online ahead of print]SC

Abstract

PURPOSE

Telechaplaincy (the use of telecommunications and virtual technology to deliver spiritual and religious care by healthcare chaplains or other religious/spiritual leaders) is a relatively novel intervention that has increasingly been used in recent years, and especially during COVID-19. Telephone-based chaplaincy is one mode of telechaplaincy. The purpose of this study was to (1) describe telephone-based chaplaincy interventions delivered as the first point of contact to patients who screen positive for religious/spiritual concern(s) using an electronic data system, and (2) assess the feasibility and acceptability of delivering interventions in an outpatient cancer institute using this methodology.

METHODS

Patients were screened for religious and spiritual (R/S) concern(s) using an electronic data system. Patients indicating R/S concern(s) were offered a telephone-based chaplaincy intervention and asked to complete a survey assessing acceptability of the intervention. Feasibility and acceptability data were collected.

RESULTS

Thirty percent of screened patients indicated R/S concern(s). Telephone-based chaplaincy interventions were offered to 100% of eligible patients, establishing contact with 61% of eligible patients, and offering chaplaincy interventions to 48% of those patients. Survey participants report high acceptability of the offered intervention.

CONCLUSION

This is the first study examining feasibility and acceptability of telephone-based chaplaincy with oncology patients. Telephone-based chaplaincy is feasible and acceptable within an outpatient oncology setting, supporting the promise of this interventional strategy. Further research is needed to refine practices.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Supportive Oncology, Levine Cancer Institute, Charlotte, NC, USA. Petra.sprik@atriumhealth.org.Spiritual Care and Education, Atrium Health, Charlotte, NC, USA.Department of Cancer Biostatistics, Levine Cancer Institute, Charlotte, NC, USA.Spiritual Care and Education, Atrium Health, Charlotte, NC, USA.Section of Psycho-Oncology, Department of Supportive Oncology, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Levine Cancer Institute, Charlotte, NC, USA.Haslinger Family Pediatric Palliative Care Center, Rebecca D. Considine Research Institute, Akron Children's Hospital, Akron, OH, USA.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

32623520

Citation

Sprik, Petra, et al. "Feasibility and Acceptability of a Telephone-based Chaplaincy Intervention in a Large, Outpatient Oncology Center." Supportive Care in Cancer : Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer, 2020.
Sprik P, Keenan AJ, Boselli D, et al. Feasibility and acceptability of a telephone-based chaplaincy intervention in a large, outpatient oncology center. Support Care Cancer. 2020.
Sprik, P., Keenan, A. J., Boselli, D., Cheeseboro, S., Meadors, P., & Grossoehme, D. (2020). Feasibility and acceptability of a telephone-based chaplaincy intervention in a large, outpatient oncology center. Supportive Care in Cancer : Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00520-020-05598-4
Sprik P, et al. Feasibility and Acceptability of a Telephone-based Chaplaincy Intervention in a Large, Outpatient Oncology Center. Support Care Cancer. 2020 Jul 4; PubMed PMID: 32623520.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Feasibility and acceptability of a telephone-based chaplaincy intervention in a large, outpatient oncology center. AU - Sprik,Petra, AU - Keenan,Angela Janssen, AU - Boselli,Danielle, AU - Cheeseboro,Sherri, AU - Meadors,Patrick, AU - Grossoehme,Daniel, Y1 - 2020/07/04/ PY - 2020/03/31/received PY - 2020/06/23/accepted PY - 2020/7/6/entrez PY - 2020/7/6/pubmed PY - 2020/7/6/medline KW - Cancer KW - Chaplain KW - Spiritual care KW - Telechaplaincy KW - Telehealth KW - Telephone JF - Supportive care in cancer : official journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer JO - Support Care Cancer N2 - PURPOSE: Telechaplaincy (the use of telecommunications and virtual technology to deliver spiritual and religious care by healthcare chaplains or other religious/spiritual leaders) is a relatively novel intervention that has increasingly been used in recent years, and especially during COVID-19. Telephone-based chaplaincy is one mode of telechaplaincy. The purpose of this study was to (1) describe telephone-based chaplaincy interventions delivered as the first point of contact to patients who screen positive for religious/spiritual concern(s) using an electronic data system, and (2) assess the feasibility and acceptability of delivering interventions in an outpatient cancer institute using this methodology. METHODS: Patients were screened for religious and spiritual (R/S) concern(s) using an electronic data system. Patients indicating R/S concern(s) were offered a telephone-based chaplaincy intervention and asked to complete a survey assessing acceptability of the intervention. Feasibility and acceptability data were collected. RESULTS: Thirty percent of screened patients indicated R/S concern(s). Telephone-based chaplaincy interventions were offered to 100% of eligible patients, establishing contact with 61% of eligible patients, and offering chaplaincy interventions to 48% of those patients. Survey participants report high acceptability of the offered intervention. CONCLUSION: This is the first study examining feasibility and acceptability of telephone-based chaplaincy with oncology patients. Telephone-based chaplaincy is feasible and acceptable within an outpatient oncology setting, supporting the promise of this interventional strategy. Further research is needed to refine practices. SN - 1433-7339 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/32623520/Feasibility_and_acceptability_of_a_telephone-based_chaplaincy_intervention_in_a_large,_outpatient_oncology_center L2 - https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00520-020-05598-4 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -
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