As part of our mission to integrate spirituality into health care worldwide, GWish has placed a significant focus on creating guidelines that can be widely disseminated and incorporated into health settings. To that end, GWish has held international consensus conferences with the intention of developing a model of interprofessional spiritual care, standards, and implementation strategies.
These consensus conferences have informed international guidelines for interprofessional spiritual care, some of which are outlined on the following websites:
- National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care (NCP)
- Improving the Spiritual Dimension of Whole Person Care
- Australian National Guidelines for Spiritual Care
- Spiritual care recommendations for people receiving palliative care in sub-Saharan Africa
- NHS Chaplaincy Guideline
Recommended Guidelines for Palliative Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic
COVID-19 has generated a crisis of spiritual distress in healthcare settings that must prioritize urgent clinical symptom and infection control. That said, many patients are suffering greatly from spiritual distress as well: existential distress, struggles with uncertainty, despair, hopelessness, isolation, feelings of abandonment by God or others, grief, and the need for reconciliation.
For a list of recommendations on how to deal with the current environment, download “Palliative Care in the COVID-19 Pandemic.”