Research about Spiritual Care Provided by Health Care Chaplains
Because there is a large body of research in religion, spirituality and health that we unable to cover on our website, we provide a few key articles, major reviews, and links to websites where this type of research literature is already archived.
Research about Spiritual Care Provided by Health Care Chaplains is broken into four sections:
Key Articles and Reviews of Chaplaincy Research
Webinars & Modules
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- Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy (official journal of the Association of Professional Chaplains)
- Health and Social Care Chaplaincy (official journal of the College of Health Care Chaplains and the Scottish Association of Chaplains in Healthcare)
- Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling
- Journal of Religion & Health
Key Outcome Based Articles and Reviews of Chaplaincy Research
- Fitchett, G., & Nolan, S. (Eds.). (2015). Spiritual care in practice: Case studies in healthcare chaplaincy. Philadelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
- Handzo, G.F., Cobb, M., Holmes, C., Kelly, E., Sinclair, S. (2014). Outcomes for professional health care chaplaincy: An international call to action. Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy, 20(2), 43-53. doi: 10.1080/08854726.2014.902713.
- Jankowski, K.R., Handzo, G.F., Flannelly, K.J. (2011). Testing the efficacy of chaplaincy care. Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy, 17(3-4), 100-125
- Johnson, J.R., Engelberg, R.A., Nielsen, E.L., Kross, E.K., Smith, N.L., Hanada, J.C., … Curtis, J.R. (2014). The association of spiritual care providers activities with family members’ satisfaction with care after a death in the ICU. Critical Care Medicine, 42, 1991-2000. doi: 10.1097/CCM.0000000000000412.
- Marin, D.B., Sharma, V., Sosunuv, E., Egorova, N., Goldstein, R., & Handzo, GF. (2015). Relationship between chaplain visits and patient satisfaction. Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy, 21, 14-24. doi: 10.1080/08854726.2014.981417.
- Morgan, M. (2015). Review of literature. Spiritual Health Victoria (once on the site, scroll down to find the downloadable pdf).
- Mowat, H. (2008). The potential for efficacy of healthcare chaplaincy and spiritual care provision in the NHS (UK): A scoping review of recent research. Aberdeen, Scotland: Mowat Research Ltd. Available online. Last accessed November 9, 2016.
- Nance, M.S., Ramsey, K.E., & Leachman, J.A. (2009). Chaplaincy care pathways and clinical pastoral education. Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling, 63(1-2), 11-1-4.
- Pesut, B., Sinclair, S., Fitchett, G., Greig, M., & Koss, SE. (2016). Health care chaplaincy: A scoping review of the evidence 2009-2014. Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy, 22(2), 67-84. doi: 10.1080/08854726.2015.1133185.
- Piderman, K.M., Marek, D.V., Jenkins, S.M., Johnson, M.E., Buryska, J.F., Mueller, P.S. (2008). Patients’ expectations of hospital chaplains. Mayo Clinic Proceedings, 83(1), 58-65. doi: 10.4065/83.1.58.
- Piderman, K.M., Marek, D.V., Jenkins, S.M., Johnson, M.E., Buryska, J.F., Shanafelt, T.D. … Mueller, P.S. (2010). Predicting patients’ expectations of hospital chaplains: A multisite survey. Mayo Clinic Proceedings, 85(11), 1002-10. doi: 10.4065/mcp.2010.0168.
- Swift, C., Cobb, M., & Todd, A. (Eds.). (2015). A handbook of chaplaincy studies: Understanding spiritual care in public places. New York: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group.
- VandeCreek, L. (2004). How satisfied are patients with the ministry of chaplains? Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling, 58(4), 335-42.
We want to draw your attention to work by Susan Nance and her colleagues (2009) who developed a chaplaincy care pathway curriculum for their CPE residents. Though designed for CPE training programs, the Chaplain Care Pathways is a useful resource for chaplains who are seeking ways to build an evidence-based practice and profession. As the authors write, the activity “involves reflection on chaplaincy experience with a particular patient population or family circumstance, research of current inter-disciplinary literature, and identification of identifiable and measurable intended results or desired outcomes of the chaplains’ ministry.” The article includes an example of a pathway for care for transplant patients and their families.
ACPE Research Network, John Ehman, Convener
Sponsored through the ACPE Research Network, this website is free and available to anyone. It is maintained through the excellent work of John Ehman, a chaplain at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. A wonderful feature of the website is the Article of the Month. Begun in 2002, the Article of the Month currently contains over 100 article reviews. Each review includes a summary of the article and links to related research.
On the Home page, you will find a link to Penn Medicine’s Pastoral Care & Education’s indexed articles on spirituality and health, compiled by John Ehman. He just completed the 2015 bibliography, which has 228 entries. There are annual bibliographies going back to 1999. They are wonderful resources.
Learn more about opportunities by clicking on the links below:
- Duke University – Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health (Subscribe to newsletter Crossroads)
- Spiritual Health Victoria
- The George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health (GWish)
Webinars & Modules
- Association of Professional Chaplains Webinar Journal Club
- University of Minnesota, Center for Spirituality and Healing: Foundations of Evidence Informed Practice
The University of Minnesota website includes a curriculum designed to help clinicians develop evidence-informed practice. The curriculum has over 20 modules that cover topics such as Research Overview, Quantitative and Qualitative Research, Introduction to Statistics, P-Value and Power. The modules provide accessible yet substantive introductions to key research topics. A selection of these modules could be a useful component of a research literacy curriculum.