Dr. Alexia Torke, M.D., M.S., says the enhanced spiritual care model used in her recent trial carried out by hospital chaplains can be used elsewhere and talks about plans for its use in a future trial in sites around the country.
I do think the model is scalable, because we developed it very carefully with chaplains and chaplain leaders so that it would fit well into existing models of spiritual care. And so we were very intentional when we developed the study to make sure that the intervention was one that could be adapted by spiritual care departments around the country and even the world.
Our next step is to conduct a study in several sites around the country, and we want to do that for a couple of reasons. One is a larger study might be able to show impacts on other types of important outcomes, such as decision-making or even the care that the patients receive based on the family members’ decisions.