Term Pastoral Care
Code LH-6300.6400
Definition Departments within hospitals, HMOs and other health care institutions that provide for the spiritual care of patients with severe, chronic or terminal conditions, their families and staff, regardless of their religious traditions. Pastoral care workers work cooperatively with the health care team; listen, elicit and respond to individual religious/spiritual needs; identify and clarify ethical issues related to end-of-life treatment and care; provide bereavement support for family members, significant others and professional staff; and ensure that treatment addresses the whole person, not just his or her medical needs. The service is provided by licensed clergy or trained, accredited spiritual care volunteers.
Created 12/8/10
Changed 12/8/10
Use References Hospital Based Chaplains
See Also References Bereavement Counseling (RP-1400.8000-100)
Bereavement Support Groups (PN-8100.1000)
Bereavement Volunteer Opportunities (PX-1800.1000)
Faith Based Counseling (RD-1900)
Hospice Care (LT-3000)
Hospice Care Referrals (LH-2600.3000)
Medical Social Work (LH-6300.5500)
Military Chaplaincy Services (TM-5050)
Pastoral/Spiritual Counseling Volunteer Opportunities (PX-1800.6500)
Prison Ministries (FF-3300.6400)
External Classification Terms Health (CAN HC-300)
Health Care (AIRS HC-300)
Patient & Family Support (NPC E08)
Patient & Family Support (NTE E86)
Related Concepts Religion and Spirituality
Facet Service
Bibliographic References “Pastoral Care”, Center to Advance Palliative Care website, http://www.capcmssm.org/topic/15/ NOTE: this document is no longer available.

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