Letter to the Editor

Chaplaincy and Hospital Ethics Committees

Authors: Jim Q. Ho, BA, John R. Fishman, MAHL, Ware G. Kuschner, MD


To the Editor: We read with interest the analysis by Antoine et al of “how hospital leaders understand and make decisions about providing chaplaincy and spiritual care in their hospitals.”1 The authors found that hospital “executives recognize the importance of chaplains in terms of their ability to manage the personal and social effects of death and dying in the hospital as well as during times of crisis and tragedy.”

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1. Antoine A, Fitchett G, Sharma V, et al. How do healthcare executives understand and make decisions about spiritual care provision? South Med J 2021;114:207–212.
2. Pearlman RA. Ethics committees and consultation. https://depts.washington.edu/bhdept/ethics-medicine/bioethics-topics/detail/64. Accessed April 13, 2021.
3. Association of Professional Chaplains. Guidelines for the chaplain’s role in health care ethics. https:// www.professionalchaplains.org/content.asp? contentid=204. Accessed April 13, 2021.