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Recent Progress in Chaplaincy-Related Research

Recent Progress in Chaplaincy-Related Research

Abstract: In light of the continued growth of chaplaincy-related research this paper presents an overview of important findings. The review summarizes research in six broad areas: what chaplains do; the importance of religion and spiritual care to patients and families; the impact of chaplains’ spiritual care on the patient experience; the impact of chaplain care on other patient outcomes; spiritual needs and chaplain care in palliative and end of life care; and chaplain care for staff colleagues. It concludes with a description of several innovative and important new studies of chaplain care and notes areas for future investigation.

 

Note: this article was featured in the October 2017 ACPE Research Network Article of the Month.

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