ACPE Research Network Article of the Month

 

Transforming Chaplaincy is pleased to feature here the Article of the Month, produced by ACPE Research. Each month at least one article is discussed in detail; related resources are also recommended, as well as ways to incorporate this latest research into the classroom.

 

This month’s featured study, out of Ascension St. Vincent Indiana, began from the “desire by the hospital board to explore the specific expectations and level of satisfaction of persons receiving chaplain services.” There is a good deal of spirituality & health literature around satisfaction — in fact, co-author George Fitchett has observed elsewhere that “[m]ore research has examined the relationship between chaplain care and patient/family satisfaction than any other outcome”  — however, “This study was unique in seeking feedback from loved ones as well as patients.” It speaks to the importance of the care of patients’ loved ones and highlights areas of expectations that may be useful to chaplains and chaplaincy departments in considering the foci of their attention.

 

Patients’ and loved ones’ expectations of chaplain services.”

PAST ISSUES

2020

January:”Hearing spiritually significant voices: a phenomenological survey and taxonomy.” 

December:”Can outcome research respect the integrity of chaplaincy? A review of outcome studies

November: “Palliative chaplain spiritual assessment progress notes”

October: “What chaplains wish nurses knew: findings from an online survey”

September: “Toward a clinical model for patient spiritual journeys in supportive and palliative care: testing a concept of human spirituality and associated recursive states”

August: “Feasibility and acceptability of a telephone-based chaplaincy intervention in a large, outpatient oncology center.”

July:  “Impressions of interfaith chaplain’s activities among patients in a palliative care unit: a semi-structured interview-based qualitative study”

June: “Knowledge, attitudes, and interactions with chaplains and nursing staff outcomes: a survey study”

May: “Challenges and enablers of spiritual care for family members of patients in the intensive care unit.”

May: “Bereavement support on the frontline of COVID-19: recommendations for hospital clinicians.”

April: “A Moment in the Life of a SARS Chaplain”: A Reflection to Stir Thinking about COVID-19

March: Attitudes and behaviors that differentiate clergy with positive mental health from those with burnout

February: Development of a Clinical Guide for Identifying Spiritual Distress in ICU Family Members

January: Healthcare chaplains’ perspectives on nurse-chaplain collaboration: an online survey