Promoting Research Literacy for Improved Patient Outcomes

George Fitchett, DMin, PhD, BCC

George Fitchett, DMin, PhD, BCC

George Fitchett, DMin, PhD, BCC

George Fitchett, DMin, PhD, BCC, Project Co-Principal Investigator, is Professor and Director of Research in the Department of Religion, Health, and Human Values, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago Illinois.

He also holds an appointment in Rush’s Department of Preventive Medicine. George is a certified chaplain and pastoral supervisor. George’s training in research (epidemiology) was supported by a 5-year Career Development Award (K08) in 2002 from the NIH. He was the first chaplain to receive such an award. George’s research has examined the relationship between religion and health in a variety of community and clinical populations. His contributions to chaplaincy and spiritual care have been recognized with awards from the Association of Professional Chaplains (the 2006 Anton Boisen Professional Service Award) and the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (the 2014 Helen Flanders Dunbar Award). George’s book on spiritual assessment, Assessing Spiritual Needs (Academic Renewal Press, 2002), is widely used in academic and clinical training programs in the USA and around the world. He is also the editor, with Steve Nolan, of a book of chaplain case studies, Spiritual Care in Practice: Case Studies in Healthcare Chaplaincy (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2015).

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