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Training multidisciplinary Spiritual care to doctors and nurses in Dutch teaching hospitals

- candidate number17572
- NTR NumberNTR4559
- ISRCTNISRCTN no longer applicable
- Date ISRCTN created
- date ISRCTN requested
- Date Registered NTR25-apr-2014
- Secondary IDsnWMO22 RTPO/MCL
- Public TitleTraining multidisciplinary Spiritual care to doctors and nurses in Dutch teaching hospitals
- Scientific TitleMeasuring effects of training primary caregivers by healthcare chaplains in multidisciplinary spiritual care in palliative care in Dutch teaching hospitals.
- hypothesisTraining clinicians in spiritual care based on the multidisciplinary guideline has a positive effect on caregivers competencies in spiritual care and on the spiritual wellbeing of palliative patients.
- Healt Condition(s) or Problem(s) studiedPalliative care
- Inclusion criteriaTeaching hospitals are admitted to the trial when:
- the teaching hospitals (not university hospitals) is member of the Stichting Topklinische Ziekenhuizen
- it has an active policy to develop palliative care intramural, using specialist teams of trained nurses and physicians and quality tools (e.g. carepathway for the dying phase)
- the chaplaincy team is committed to the palliative care improvement programme
- the chaplaincy team sees it as its responsibility to develop spiritual care within that process
- at least one of the chaplains is trained to develop spiritual care (followed Masterclass Spirituality in Palliative Care)
- multdisciplinary teams of primary caregivers that treat and care for palliative patients in hospital setting
- palliative patients that meet the OPZIS criteria (translation of Supportive or Palliative Care Indicator Tool, Edinburough)
- Exclusion criteria- university hospitals
- non-teaching hospitals
- no active improvement programme on palliative care
- untrained chaplaincy staff
- mec approval receivedyes
- multicenter trialyes
- randomisedno
- groupParallel
- TypeSingle arm
- Studytypeintervention
- planned startdate 1-jun-2013
- planned closingdate31-mrt-2015
- Target number of participants400
- InterventionsPilot training spiritual care (1 or 2 lessons of 90-120 minutes) to primary caregivers in teaching hospitals, based on requirements formulated by 33 experts in the field of palliative and spiritual care in the invitational research conference November 4th 2013 at the Comprehensive Cancer Centre in Enschede.
- Primary outcomeFor patients:
- better understanding of their spiritual attitudes and interests (SAIL), spiritual needs and problems, better support, higher quality of care
For caregivers:
- lower values ​​with respect to barriers to spiritual care
- higher values ​​with regard to spiritual care competencies (Spiritual Care Competence Scale)
For chaplaincy teams:
- knowledge of the needs and problems (barriers) of primary caregivers with the implementation of the guideline on spiritual care
- quality standards for spiritual care training programmes for hospital staff
- Secondary outcomePatients:
- physical, psychosocial and spiritual profile of in hospital palliative patients
- religious, philosophical, spiritual profile (spiritual attitude and interests)
- dominant learning styles (Kolb)
Hospital chaplains:
- knowledge of possibilities to integrate spiritual care in multidisciplinary working process
- TimepointsGroup 1
Isala Zwolle
Maasstad Ziekenhuis Rotterdam
Medisch Centrum Leeuwarden
01-01-2014 start first phase (3 hospitals)
01-02-2014 pre-tests of the multidisciplinary clinical teams an 5-10 palliative patients in their department, as well as 5-10 palliative patients on a department that is not trained (no intervention arm).
February-March 2014 Pilot training spiritual care
April-May 2014 first post-tests of the multidisciplinary teams and palliative patients
September-October 2014 second post-tests of the multidisciplinary teams.

Group 2
Antonius Ziekenhuis (Nieuwegein)
Gelre Ziekenhuizen (loc. Apeldoorn)
Isala Zwolle
Maasstad Ziekenhuis Rotterdam
Martini Ziekenhuis Groningen
Medisch Centrum Leeuwarden
Rijnstate Ziekenhuis Arnhem
St. Franciscus Gasthuis Rotterdam
01-08-2014 start first phase (8 hospitals)
01-09-2014 pre-tests of the multidisciplinary clinical teams an 5-10 palliative patients in their department, as well as 5-10 palliative patients on a department that is not trained (no intervention arm).
October-November 2014 Pilot training spiritual care
December 2014 first post-tests of the multidisciplinary teams and palliative patients.
June 2015 second post-tests of the multidisciplinary teams.

- inclusion: SPICT/OPZIS
- demographics
- general information on religious and spiritual affiliation
- Symptoms: Utrecht Symptom Diary USD
- Spiritual Attitude and Interest List SAIL
- CQ questions from NIVEL quality indicator tool concerning spiritual care
- demographics
- general information on religious and spiritual affiliation
- professional attitude
- barriers for spiritual care
- spiritual attitude and interests (SAIL)
- spiritual care competences (SCCS)
- learning styles (Kolb LSI 3.1)
- Trial web site
- statusopen: patient inclusion
- Sponsor/Initiator Medical Center Leeuwarden , Comprehensive Cancer Centre The Netherlands (IKNL), Stichting Agora
- Funding
(Source(s) of Monetary or Material Support)
Medisch Centrum Leeuwarden, Comprehensive Cancer Centre (Integraal Kankercentrum), De Friesland Zorgverzekeraar
- Publications(1) Leget C, Staps T, van de Geer J, Mur-Arnoldi C, Wulp M, Jochemsen H. Richtlijn Spirituele zorg. In: De Graeff A, van Bommel JMP, van Deijkck RHPD, Krol R, Oldenmenger WH, Vollaard EJ, editors. Palliatieve zorg, Richtlijnen voor de praktijk. Utrecht: Vereniging van Integrale Kankercentra VIKC; 2010. p. 637-662.
(2) van de Geer J, Leget CJW. How spirituality is integrated system-wide in the Netherlands Palliative Care National Programme. Progress in Palliative Care 2012(20):98-105.
(3) van de Geer J, Gijsberts MJHE, Jansen-Segers MJ. Spirituele zorg. In: de Hosson SM, De Graeff A, Netters FJS, Verhagen CAHHVM, editors. Utrecht: De Tijdstroom; 2012. p. 333-342.
(4) van de Geer JZ,T.H. Multidisciplinaire spirituele zorg, ontwikkelingen in de palliatieve zorg met relevantie voor het beroepsprofiel van de geestelijk verzorger. In: Smeets WV,K.C., editor. Handboek Spirituele zorg in de palliatieve zorg Utrecht; Accepted.
(5) Selman L, Young T, Vermandere M, Stirling I, Leget C. Research Priorities in Spiritual Care: An International Survey of Palliative Care Researchers and Clinicians. J Pain Symptom Manage 2014(0).
- Brief summaryThe development of modern palliative care (PC) challenges primary caregivers and medical institutions to react not only on the physical, psychological and social symptoms of dying patients and their proxies. The WHO definition of PC includes responding to the spiritual problems and needs of patients and families confronted with a life threatening disease. Many authors consider spiritual care a core component of PC(5). After a decade of theoretical discussion concerning the concept of spirituality and the spiritual dimension in modern healthcare a growing number of publications shows growing consensus on defining spirituality and required actions of primary caregivers in PC. The recent pan-European survey on research priorities (5) by members of the Taskforce on Spiritual Care of the European Association for Palliative Care shows as top three of research priorities on spiritual care in PC: need to develop and evaluate conversation models, screening tools for identifying spiritual needs and spiritual interventions. Prevalent themes not present in the designated list of research priorities in the survey include research to improve staff education and investigate staff attitudes to spiritual care.
The Dutch multidisciplinary guidelines for PC practitioners contain a unique multidisciplinary guideline on spiritual care (Leget 2010), recently translated in English. Implementation of this guideline is just emerging, validated tools and educational programmes still lack.
In a multicentre prospective action research study the content of a pilot education programme on spiritual care in PC for doctors and nurses will be formulated on expert opinion and patients preference, and tested/given by local trained hospital chaplains in a multicentre trial of 8 Dutch teaching hospitals. The effects on the competence of the primary caregivers will be measured as well as the spiritual wellbeing of their patients before and after following the educational programme. Publication of the results in 4 papers in international peer reviewed scientific journals.
- Main changes (audit trail)
- RECORD25-apr-2014 - 30-mei-2014

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