I Want To...
I Want To...
Find Research Faculty
Enter the last name, specialty or keyword for your search below.
School of Medicine
I Want to...
Home > News and Publications > JHM Publications > Promise and Progress > Promise & Progress - A Spectrum of Achievements
Promise and Progress - Amen to Miracles
Promise & Progress - A Spectrum of Achievements
Amen to Miracles
Date: January 15, 2015
The Journal of Oncology Practice, June 16, 2014
A new tool developed by Kimmel Cancer Center clinicians and chaplain Rhonda Cooper helps doctors, nurses, and other caregivers talk to dying patients and their families who are praying for a miracle. The tool, called AMEN—an acronym for affirm, meet, educate, no matter what—provides a conversational protocol caregivers may use to communicate with patients and families in this situation. Its tenets are: Affirm or acknowledge patients’ hope, meet or join them in their hope, continue to educate the patients and families about medical issues, and assure them that their health care team will remain with them throughout the duration of their care, “no matter what.”
A study cited by Cooper and conducted by the University of Connecticut and Georgetown University finds that the majority of adults—57 percent—randomly surveyed said they believed that “God’s intervention could save a family member” even when physicians said that further treatments would be futile. The team developed the tool because many medical professionals are uncomfortable, even dismissive, of such beliefs, and it can affect the trust between patients and caregivers.
“The tool can remind providers to ask, not assume, what patients in treatment are hoping for,” says Anna Ferguson, R.N., a collaborator on the AMEN tool and director of the center’s Hope Project that, like the AMEN tool, educates caregivers on ways to integrate patients’ hopes into their treatment plan.
“Our goal is to maintain trust and foster open and honest communication as the care plan is being discussed,” says Cooper, “and to help medical experts see the hope for a miracle as an opportunity to join the patient or family in their end-of-life conversation.”
Articles in this Issue
- World's First Protein Catalog
- How Cancer Cells Keep Going When Other Cells Stop
- Mega Analysis Uncovers Prostate Cancer Risk
- Tobacco and Oral Cancer-Causing Infection
- Test for Oral Cancers
- Shortened BMT Treatment Gets the Job Done
- Greenberg Bladder Cancer Institute Awards First Research Grant
- No More Repeat Prostate Biopsies
- How Breast Cancer Spreads
- Tiny "Ship" Delivers Death Command to Brain Cancer
- Human Chemical Detoxifiers
- Cancer-Fighting Bacteria
- Game Theory and Cancer
- Recruiting Cancer Immunity
- Broccoli Sprouts Detoxify Dirty Air
- Personalized Prostate Cancer Approach
- Amen to Miracles