Confidentiality and mental health/chaplaincy collaboration

Denise Bulling, Mark DeKraai, Tarik Abdel-Monem, Jason A. Nieuwsma, William C. Cantrell, Keith Ethridge, Keith Meador

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)557-567
Number of pages11
JournalMilitary Psychology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2013


  • Chaplaincy
  • Confidentiality
  • Military psychology
  • Service members
  • Veterans

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • General Psychology


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