Confidentiality and mental health/chaplaincy collaboration


Journal Article

Confidentiality can both facilitate and inhibit working relationships of chaplains and mental health professionals addressing the needs of service members and veterans in the United States. Researchers conducted this study to examine opportunities for improving integration of care within the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Interviews were conducted with 198 chaplains and 201 mental health professionals in 33 DoD and VA facilities. Using a blended qualitative research approach, researchers identified several themes from the interviews, including recognition that integration can improve services; chaplaincy confidentiality can facilitate help seeking behavi∨ and mental health and chaplain confidentiality can inhibit information sharing and active participation on interdisciplinary teams. Crossdisciplinary training on confidentiality requirements and developing policies for sharing information across disciplines is recommended to address barriers to integrated service delivery. © 2014 American Psychological Association.

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Cited Authors

  • Bulling, D; DeKraai, M; Abdel-Monem, T; Nieuwsma, JA; Cantrell, WC; Ethridge, K; Meador, K

Published Date

  • January 1, 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 25 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 557 - 567

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1532-7876

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0899-5605

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1037/mil0000019

Citation Source

  • Scopus