Charting by Chaplains in Healthcare

White Paper of the European Research Institute for Chaplains in HealthCare (ERICH)

Authors

  • Anne Vandenhoeck KU Leuven
  • Joost Verhoef OLVG General hospital
  • Daniel Nuzum Cork University Hospital & University College Cork
  • Pascal Mösli University of Zurich
  • David Neuhold University of Zurich
  • Simon Peng-Keller University of Zurich
  • Traugott Roser WWU Münster
  • Linda Ross University of South Wales
  • Wim Smeets Radboud UMC
  • Austyn Snowden Edinburgh Napier University
  • Wilfred McSherry Staffordshire University/University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/hscc.20583

Keywords:

Spiritual Care, Healthcare Chaplaincy, charting spiritual care interventions

Abstract

“If it is not charted: it did not happen.” The charting of healthcare chaplaincy contacts in patient files has been controversially discussed in the literature in recent years. In particular, entries in digital medical records raise questions among pastoral care managers about confidentiality, data protection regulations and managerial interests.

The European White Paper on charting in healtcare chaplaincy argues that charting chaplaincy contacts with patients and relatives (1) makes their spiritual needs visible, (2) contributes to improved interprofessional communication about chaplaincy and (3) makes the work of chaplains transparant. Charting improves the quality of care for patients, promotes the professionalism of chaplaincy and facilitates interdisciplinary exchange and multi-professional cooperation. It should be noted that entries in patient files should be made as if the patient were reading them. Descriptions must be adequate, understandable and concrete: The reason for the contact, assessment, changes resulting from the contact, interventions made and further planning are five steps of patient-centred pastoral care documentation. They respect patient rights and the principles of clinical ethics. In each case, questions of the software used, access rights and the use of the collected data material need to be clarified.

The documentation of chaplaincy contacts can improve the relationship between patient and chaplain if it is included in the care. Last but not least, chaplaincy charting creates a data basis for practice-oriented research and training and for the development of the profession.

Author Biographies

Anne Vandenhoeck, KU Leuven

Prof. Dr. Anne Vandenhoeck, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, KU Leuven, Belgium. 

Joost Verhoef, OLVG General hospital

Dr. Joost Verhoef, OLVG General hospital, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Daniel Nuzum, Cork University Hospital & University College Cork

Dr. Daniel Nuzum, Cork University Hospital & University College Cork, Ireland.

Pascal Mösli, University of Zurich

Pascal Mösli, Faculty of Theology, Domain Spiritual Care, University of Zurich, Switzerland.

David Neuhold, University of Zurich

Dr. David Neuhold, Faculty of Theology, Domain Spiritual Care, University of Zurich.

Simon Peng-Keller, University of Zurich

Prof. Dr. Simon Peng-Keller, Faculty of Theology, University of Zurich, Switzerland.

Traugott Roser, WWU Münster

Prof. Dr. Traugott Roser, Faculty of Protestant Theology, WWU Münster, Germany.

Linda Ross, University of South Wales

Prof. Linda Ross, School of Care Sciences, Faculty of Life Sciences & Education, Pontypridd, Wales.

Wim Smeets, Radboud UMC

Dr. Wim Smeets, Radboud UMC, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Austyn Snowden, Edinburgh Napier University

Prof. Austyn Snowden, School of Health and Social Care, Edinburgh Napier University, United Kingdom.

Wilfred McSherry, Staffordshire University/University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust

Prof. Wilfred McSherry, School of Health, Science and Wellbeing, Staffordshire University/University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust United Kingdom.

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2022-01-28

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Vandenhoeck, A. ., Verhoef, J. ., Nuzum, D. ., Mösli, P. ., Neuhold, D. ., Peng-Keller, S. ., Roser, T. ., Ross, L. ., Smeets, W. ., Snowden, A., & McSherry, W. . (2022). Charting by Chaplains in Healthcare: White Paper of the European Research Institute for Chaplains in HealthCare (ERICH). Health and Social Care Chaplaincy, 10(1), 50–77. https://doi.org/10.1558/hscc.20583

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