ARCADIA – Vital Research recently presented a poster on its evaluation of the Archstone Foundation’s Spiritual Care Demonstration Project, which aimed to improve the quality of spiritual care provided by palliative care teams at nine Southern California hospitals. The overarching goal of the project was to examine how and to what extent each hospital fostered, facilitated, and sustained the development of quality spiritual care. The poster presented a summary of data on patient, family, and staff surveys conducted by project hospitals. It was presented at a conference at the City of Hope Convening Center in Arcadia, California March 6-7.
The Archstone Foundation in Long Beach, California, focuses its grant making on older people. Its funding priorities are fall prevention, elder abuse and neglect, and end-of-life issues. Archstone also makes grants for “emerging and unmet needs within the field of aging,” and centers its efforts primarily in Southern California.
The evaluation of this hospital spiritual care demonstration project found that it prompted hospitals to increase screenings for spiritual needs, chaplain referrals, chaplain visits and revisits to patients, “suggesting important increases in opportunities to detect and treat spiritual distress.” New training offered by the hospitals under the grant also “add(ed) to the quality of spiritual care provided to the patients.”
The poster was presented by Vital Research Partners Gwen C. Uman, R.N., Ph.D., and Harold N. Uman, Ph.D., with the assistance of Adrienne Dellinger, MPH, a research associate at Vital Research.
To view a PowerPoint presentation with the content of the poster, click here.