Association of Professional Chaplains™ Advocates for Chaplain’s Voice to be included in Roundtable on Quality Care for People with Serious Illness
ACPE News | May 2017

Hoffman Estates, IL, May 5, 2017 – Advocating for the importance of spiritual care in the discussion around quality care for people with serious illnesses, the Association of Professional Chaplains™ (APC) secured a seat for one of its members on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Roundtable on Quality of Care for People with Serious Illness. 

Katrina Scott, MDiv, BCC-HPCC, Massachusetts General Hospital Oncology Chaplain and APC Member, has been appointed to a 3-year term on the Roundtable. Through meetings, public workshops, and background papers, the Roundtable fosters an ongoing dialogue about critical policy and research issues to accelerate and sustain progress in delivering quality care for people of all ages with serious illness. Roundtable membership includes federal agencies, health insurers, advocates, patients, health care providers, foundations, academics, and others interested in the topic.

The Roundtable was inspired by and plans to build on the 2014 Institute of Medicine report Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life. 

“No chaplaincy organization was represented in the Dying in America study,” said APC’s Board President Kimberly Murman. “Spiritual care is one of the most important thoughts and values that people have. It needs to be part of the discussion on the holistic treatment plan for people living with serious illness. So, we took the opportunity to nominate an APC member for a seat at the table.”

“The Roundtable is built around supportive care, not just end-of-life care,” Scott said. “We deal with questions about system management, which is all about supporting patients and family through illness. We want to promote models of care that truly respect the patients’ and caregivers’ voices, values, and best practices. That includes their spiritual beliefs.”

The Roundtable plans to offer 4-5 workshops through the year on various quality care issues. Scott serves on the Workshop planning committee. 

“I wanted to be on a planning committee giving voice to the caregiver as well as the patient. I advocate for inclusion and spiritual care in the workshops,” Scott said. “My role is to promote spiritual care in the overall plan of care. It needs to be included just as much as nutrition, medication, or pharmacy for the patient and for their caregivers.”

“We chose Katrina Scott to represent the more than 5,400 APC members on the Roundtable because of her extensive expertise in health care,” said Murman. “She was one of the first chaplains to be Board Certified with an additional specialty certification in hospice and palliative care. She has clinical expertise, publishes frequently, and has a strong interest in helping create change around quality care.”
 
To learn more about the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Roundtable on Quality of Care for People with Serious Illness or the upcoming workshop, visit their website at https://www.nationalacademies.org/hmd/Activities/HealthServices/QualityCareforSeriousIllnessRoundtable.aspx

To learn more about the Association of Professional Chaplains, visit their site at http://www.professionalchaplains.org/ 



About the Association of Professional Chaplains

The Association of Professional Chaplains is a multi-faith association established to promote quality chaplaincy care through advocacy, education, professional standards and service to its members. Members, providers of chaplaincy care, are endorsed by their faith groups to serve persons in need in diverse settings throughout the world. APC serves chaplains in diverse settings, including hospitals, long-term care, hospice, workplaces, corrections, police and fire, rehab, the military, mental health and other arenas. The membership of APC represents more than 450 faith groups. The association and its members embrace the following values:
Professional competency and ethical practice
Faith as an essential dimension of wholeness
Dignity and worth of all persons
Inclusivity and diversity
Justice and equality for all
Spiritual care of persons, communities, organizations and systems
A national, not-for-profit professional society, APC has advocated for quality spiritual care of all persons as an essential dimension of total care and services provided by public and private institutions and organizations for over 70 years.