I'm praying for a miracle': characteristics of spiritual statements in paediatric intensive care unit care conferences

Title

I'm praying for a miracle': characteristics of spiritual statements in paediatric intensive care unit care conferences

Creator

Gradick K; October T; Pascoe D; Fleming J; Moore D

Publisher

BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care

Date

2020

Subject

communication; family management; hospital care; paediatrics; spiritual care

Description

CONTEXT: Supporting spiritual needs is a well-established aspect of palliative care, but no data exist regarding how physicians engage with patients and families around spirituality during care conferences in paediatric intensive care units (PICU). OBJECTIVES: To assess the frequency and characteristics of family and physician spiritual statements in PICU care conferences. METHODS: We performed qualitative analysis of 71 transcripts from PICU conferences, audio-recorded at an urban, quaternary medical centre. Transcripts were derived from a single-centre, cross-sectional, qualitative study. RESULTS: We identified spiritual language in 46% (33/71) of PICU care conferences. Spiritual statements were divided relatively evenly between family member (51%, 67/131) and physician statements (49%, 64/131). Physician responses to families' spiritual statements were coded as supportive (46%, 31/67), deferred (30%, 20/67), indifferent (24%, 16/67) or exploratory (0/67). CONCLUSIONS: In this single-centre PICU, spiritual statements were present 46% of the time during high stakes decision-making conferences, but there was little evidence of spiritual care best practices, such as offering chaplain support and performing open-ended spiritual assessments. PICU clinicians should expect spiritual statements in care conferences and be prepared to respond.

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October 2020 List

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Citation

Gradick K; October T; Pascoe D; Fleming J; Moore D, “I'm praying for a miracle': characteristics of spiritual statements in paediatric intensive care unit care conferences,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed September 22, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/17224.

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