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.
November: “‘My doctor says the cancer is worse, but I believe in miracles’ –when religious belief in miracles diminishes the impact of news of cancer progression on change in prognostic understanding.”