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 research, out of Columbia University, looks at an area of chaplains’ work through the lens of ritual, construing the concept very broadly. It should generate practical ideas and good discussion, and the authors explicitly encourage chaplains to share their creativity with one another for cross-institutional benefit. The study may also be useful in raising awareness among hospital administrators about the breadth of chaplains’ effectiveness.
Klitzman, R., Al-Hashimi, J., Di Sapia Natarelli, G., Garbuzova, E. and Sinnappan, S. “How hospital chaplains develop and use rituals to address medical staff distress.” SSM — Qualitative Research in Health 328, no. 2 (December 2022): 2:100087 [electronic journal article designation].
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.”