We’ve recommended a set of top resources on chaplaincy in specific contexts. These articles and other resources represent some of the very best research and practice being done today. Our list is not intended to be comprehensive, and the selection represents the perspectives of the editorial team. These resources will be updated as new articles become available, and we welcome your feedback and suggestions.
Care in Specific Contexts
Aging / Gerontology
Bormann J, Warren KA, Regalbuto L, Glaser D, Kelly A, Schnack J, Hinton L (2009). “A Spiritually Based Caregiver Intervention with Telephone Delivery for Family Caregivers of Veterans with Dementia.” Family and Community Health 32, 345-353.
Kaufman Y, Anaki D, Binns M, Freedman M (2007). “Cognitive Decline in Alzheimer Disease: Impact of Spirituality, Religiosity, and QOL.” Neurology 68, 1509-1514.
MacKinlay EB, Trevitt C (2007). “Spiritual Care and Ageing in a Secular Society.” Medical Journal of Australia 186 (Suppl.), S74-6.
Cancer / Oncology
King SD, Fitchett G, Murphy PE, Pargament KI, Martin PJ, Johnson RH, Harrison DA, Loggers ET (2017). “Spiritual or Religious Struggle in Hematopoietic Cell Transplant Survivors.” Psychooncology 26, 270-277.
Morse EE, O’Rourke K (2009). “Spirituality of Childhood Cancer Survivors.” Journal of the Society for Integrative Oncology 7, 146-154.
Murray SA, Kendall M, Boyd K, Worth A, Benton TF (2004). “Exploring the Spiritual Needs of People Dying of Lung Cancer or Heart Failure: A Prospective Qualitative Interview Study of Patients and Their Carers.” Palliative Medicine 18, 1, 39-45.
Peteet JR, Balboni MJ (2013). “Spirituality and Religion in Oncology.” CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians 63, 280-9.
Schultz M, Lulav-Grinwald D, Bar-Sela G (2014). “Cultural Differences in Spiritual Care: Findings of an Israeli Oncologic Questionnaire Examining Patient Interest in Spiritual Care.” BMC Palliative Care 13, 19.
Fitchett G, Murphy PE, Kim J, Gibbons JL, Cameron JR, Davis JA (2004). “Religious Struggle: Prevalence, Correlates and Mental Health Risks in Diabetic, Congestive Heart Failure, and Oncology Patients.” International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine 34, 179-196.
Murray SA, Kendall M, Grant E, Boyd K, Barclay S, Sheikh A (2007). “Patterns of Social, Psychological, and Spiritual Decline toward the End of Life in Lung Cancer and Heart Failure.” Journal of Pain & Symptom Management 34, 393-402.
Park CL, Aldwin CM, Choun S, George L, Suresh DP, Bliss D (2016). “Spiritual Peace Predicts 5-Year Mortality in Congestive Heart Failure Patients.” Health Psychology 35, 203-310.
Park CL, Moehl B, Fenster JR, Suresh DP, Bliss D (2008). “Religiousness and Treatment Adherence in Congestive Heart Failure Patients.” Journal of Religion, Spirituality & Aging 20, 249-66.
Park CL, Wortmann JH, Edmondson D (2011). “Religious Struggle as a Predictor of Subsequent Mental and Physical Well-Being in Advanced Heart Failure Patients.” Journal of Behavioral Medicine 34, 426-36.
Currier JM, Foster JD, Abernethy AD, Witvliet CVO, Root Luna LM, Putnam KM, Schnitker SA, VanHarn K, Carter J (2017). “God Imagery and Affective Outcomes in a Spiritually Integrative Inpatient Program.” Psychiatry Research 254, 317-322.
Fitchett G, Burton LA, Sivan AB (1997). “The Religious Needs and Resources of Psychiatric In-Patients.” Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease 185, 320-6.
Murphy PE, Fitchett G (2009). “Belief in a Concerned God Predicts Response to Treatment for Adults with Clinical Depression.” Journal of Clinical Psychology 65, 1000-8.
Pennybaker S, Hemming P, Roy D, Anton B, Chisolm MS (2016). “Risks, Benefits, and Recommendations for Pastoral Care on Inpatient Psychiatric Units: A Systematic Review.” Journal of Psychiatric Practice 22, 363-81.
Raffay J, Wood E, Todd A (2016). “Service User Views of Spiritual and Pastoral Care (Chaplaincy) in NHS Mental Health Services: A Co-Produced Constructivist Grounded Theory Investigation.” BMC Psychiatry 16, 200.
Outpatient / Community Settings
Bunniss S, Mowat H, Snowden A (2013). “Community Chaplain Listening: Practical Theology in Action.” Scottish Journal of Healthcare Chaplaincy 16 (special), 41-51.
Kevern P, Hill L (2015). “‘Chaplains for Well-Being’ in Primary Care: Analysis of the Results of a Retrospective Study.” Primary Health Care Research and Development 16, 87-99.
Palliative / End-of-Life Care
Balboni TA, Fitchett G, Handzo GF, Johnson KS, Koenig HG, Pargament KI, Puchalski CM, Sinclair S, Taylor EJ, Steinhauser KE (2017). “State of the Science of Spirituality and Palliative Care Research Part II: Screening, Assessment, and Interventions.” Journal of Pain & Symptom Management 54, 441-453.
Flannelly KJ, Emanuel LL, Handzo GF, Galek K, Silton NR, Carlson MA (2012). “A National Study of Chaplaincy Services and End-of-Life Outcomes.” BMC Palliative Care 11, 10.
Piderman KM, Radecki Breitkopf C, Jenkins SM, Lapid MI, Kwete HM, Sytsma TT, Lovejoy LA, Yoder TJ, Jatoi A (2015). “The Impact of a Spiritual Legacy Intervention in Patients with Brain Cancers and Other Neurologic Illnesses and Their Support Persons.” Psychooncology 26, 346-53.
Steinhauser KE, Fichett G, Handzo GF, Johnson KS, Koenig HG, Pargament KI, Puchalski CM, Sinclair S, Taylor EJ, Balboni TA (2017). “State of the Science of Spirituality and Palliative Care Research Part I: Definitions, Measurement, and Outcomes.” Journal of Pain & Symptom Management 54, 428-440.
Steinhauser KE, Olsen A, Johnson KS, Sanders LL, Olsen M, Ammarell N, Grossoehme D (2016). “The Feasibility and Acceptability of a Chaplain-Led Intervention for Caregivers of Seriously Ill Patients: A Caregiver Outlook Pilot Study.” Palliative and Support Care 14, 456-67.
Pediatrics and Adolescents
Cadge W, Calle K, Dillinger J (2011). “What Do Chaplains Contribute to Large Academic Hospitals? The Perspectives of Pediatric Physicians and Chaplains.” Journal of Religion and Health 50, 300-312.
Donohue PK, Norvell M, Boss RD, Shepard J, Frank K, Patron C, Crowe TY (2017). “Hospital Chaplains: Through the Eyes of Parents of Hospitalized Children.” Journal of Palliative Care online ahead of print.
Feudtner C, Haney J, Dimmers MA (2003). “Spiritual Care Needs of Hospitalized Children and Their Families: A National Survey of Pastoral Care Providers’ Perceptions.” Pediatrics 111, 67-72.
Fitchett G, Lyndes KA, Cadge W, Berlinger N, Flanagan E, Misasi J (2011). “The Role of Professional Chaplains on Pediatric Palliative Care Teams: Perspectives from Physicians and Chaplains.” Journal of Palliative Medicine 14, 704-707.
Grossoehme DH, Szczesniak R, Mrug S, Dimitriou SD, Marshall A, McPhail GL (2016). “Adolescents’ Spirituality and Cystic Fibrosis Airway Clearance Treatment Adherence: Examining Mediators.” Journal of Pediatric Psychology 41, 1022-1032.
Grossoehme DH, Teeters A, Jelinek S, Dimitriou SM, Conard LA (2016). “Screening for Spiritual Struggle in an Adolescent Transgender Clinic: Feasibility and Acceptability.” Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy 22, 54-66.
Grossoehme DH, Ragsdale J, Wooldridge JL, Cotton S, Seid M (2010). “‘We can handle this’: Parents’ Use of Religion in the First Year following Their Child’s Diagnosis with Cystic Fibrosis.” Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy 16, 95-108.
Robinson MR, Thiel MM, Backus MM, Meyer EC (2006). “Matters of Spirituality at the End of Life in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.” Pediatrics 118, 719-729.
Newitt M (2014). “Chaplaincy Support to Bereaved Parents – Part 1: Liturgy, Ritual and Pastoral Presence.” Health and Social Care Chaplaincy 2, 179-94.
Nuzum D, Meaney S, O’Donoghue K (2016). “The Provision of Spiritual & Pastoral Care Following a Stillbirth in Ireland: A Mixed Methods Study.” BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care 6, 194-200.
Nuzum D, Meaney S, O’Donoghue K (2017). “Spiritual and Theological Challenges of Stillbirth for Bereaved Parents.” Journal of Religion & Health 56, 1081-95.
Calder A, Babcoe A (2008). “Broken bodies, healing spirits.” Australian Journal of Pastoral Care and Health 1(2): 1-14 [no longer available; click through link for more information].
Fitchett G, Rybarczyk BD, DeMarco GA, Nicholas JJ (1999). “The Role of Religion in Medical Rehabilitation Outcomes: A Longitudinal Study.” Rehabilitation Psychology 44(4): 333-53.
Johnstone B, Yoon DP (2009). “Relationships between the brief multidimensional measure of religiousness/spirituality and health outcomes for a heterogenous rehabilitation population.” Rehabilitation Psychology 54(4): 422-31.
Littooij E, Dekker J, Vloothuis J, Leget CJ, Widdershoven GA (2016). “Global meaning in people with stroke: Content and changes.” Health Psychology Open 3(2): online.
Waldron-Perrine B, Rapport LJ, Hanks RA, Lumley M, Meachen S, Hubbarth P (2011). “Religion and spirituality in rehabilitation outcomes among individuals with traumatic brain injury.” Rehabilitation Psychology 56(2): 107-16.