hospital chaplaincy service


Summary: Hospital department which administers religious activities within the hospital, e.g., pastoral care, religious services.

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  1. Silton N, Asekoff C, Rabbi Bonita Taylor -, Rabbi Paul B Silton -. Shema, Vidui, Yivarechecha: what to say and how to pray with Jewish patients in chaplaincy. J Health Care Chaplain. 2010;16:149-60 pubmed publisher
  2. McFarlane C. Blessed watchfulness. J Pastoral Care Counsel. 2002;56:181-2 pubmed
  3. Ragsdale J, Holloway E, Ivy S. Educating CPE supervisors: a grounded theory study. J Pastoral Care Counsel. 2009;63:10-1-14 pubmed
    ..Four primary dimensions emerged along with a reciprocal core dimension, Supervisory Wisdom, which refers to work the supervisors do in terms of their continuing growth and development. ..
  4. Lambert J, Connelly M. Revitalizing spiritual care. A Catholic system develops a way to replenish and expand its ranks of chaplains. Health Prog. 2007;88:36-40 pubmed
  5. Yadav R. Rehabilitation of surgical cancer patients at University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. J Surg Oncol. 2007;95:361-9 pubmed
    ..The rehabilitation team can assist not only with acute decline in functional status but also with re-integration back in society. Both general and specific rehabilitation interventions based on diagnoses are reviewed. ..
  6. Flannelly K, Galek K, Handzo G. To what extent are the spiritual needs of hospital patients being met?. Int J Psychiatry Med. 2005;35:319-23 pubmed
    ..Based on the limited data available, we estimated the proportion of hospitalized patients who are visited by chaplains. Our analyses yielded a point estimate of 20% (+/- 10%), depending on a number of factors. ..
  7. VandeCreek L. Chaplain yes: should clinical pastoral education and professional chaplaincy become more scientific in response to health care reform?. J Health Care Chaplain. 2002;12:xxi-xxii pubmed
  8. Brown W. Chaplains and science. J Health Care Chaplain. 2002;12:29-41 pubmed
    ..The changing relationship is associated with the discovery of similarities between science and religion. Chaplains must become more comfortable with science and let it inform our ministry. ..
  9. Fitchett G. Health care chaplaincy as a research-informed profession: how we get there. J Health Care Chaplain. 2002;12:67-72 pubmed
    ..It does mean supplementing those resources with the information research provides. I conclude that the question that professional health care chaplains face is not whether to become a research-informed profession, but how to get there. ..

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  1. Flannelly K, Weaver A, Handzo G, Smith W. A national survey of health care administrators' views on the importance of various chaplain roles. J Pastoral Care Counsel. 2005;59:87-96 pubmed
    ..In all but a few instances, the level of importance that administrators assigned to the various roles were positively related to their ratings of their own religiousness and spirituality (r's = .11 to .26, p < .05). ..
  2. Johnston R. The language of presence. J Pastoral Care Counsel. 2004;58:255-6 pubmed
  3. Galle J. The first patient who broke my heart. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2006;23:498-9 pubmed
  4. Piderman K, Marek D, Jenkins S, Johnson M, Buryska J, Shanafelt T, et al. Predicting patients' expectations of hospital chaplains: a multisite survey. Mayo Clin Proc. 2010;85:1002-10 pubmed publisher
    ..Our results also suggest that being religiously affiliated is a very strong predictor of wanting chaplain visitation. ..
  5. Harr C, Openshaw L, Moore B. Interdisciplinary relationships between chaplains and social workers in health care settings. J Health Care Chaplain. 2009;16:13-23 pubmed publisher
    ..However, the results suggest areas that should be addressed in order to maintain and improve their functioning as colleagues who each play a critical role in providing holistic treatment. ..
  6. Weaver A, Flannelly K, Liu C. Chaplaincy research: its value, its quality, and its future. J Health Care Chaplain. 2008;14:3-19 pubmed publisher
  7. Feldbush M. Healthcare chaplaincy: taking a look at the new model. South Med J. 2008;101:580 pubmed publisher
  8. Derrickson P. Parish nursing and Clinical Pastoral Education. J Health Care Chaplain. 2001;11:15-25 pubmed
    ..This contribution describes a CPE Introductory Unit for parish nurses and explores its implications for the nurses, their congregations and the CPE movement. ..
  9. Reilly P. Power to heal. Funding cuts for pastoral education opposed. Mod Healthc. 2003;33:10, 16 pubmed
  10. Strang S, Strang P. Questions posed to hospital chaplains by palliative care patients. J Palliat Med. 2002;5:857-64 pubmed
    ..Nonetheless, physicians and other staff members should be able to handle many of the questions that are of a more general/medical character. ..
  11. Neubauer I. [Contribution to healing]. Krankenpfl Soins Infirm. 2007;100:12-3, 62-3 pubmed
  12. Zengerle F. The controversy over pastoral care of parents after a stillbirth. J Pastoral Care Counsel. 2007;61:243-6 pubmed
    ..Given this much uncertainty about the risks posed by contact with her stillborn baby, mothers who do not chose to see their dead infants should not be persuaded to do so on the grounds of beneficence. ..
  13. Weaver A, Flannelly K, Stone H. Research on religion and health: the need for a balanced and constructive critique. J Pastoral Care Counsel. 2002;56:213-9 pubmed
  14. Miller T, Buckley J. Practical ethics. Keep the chapel?. Hosp Health Netw. 2004;78:24 pubmed
  15. Murphy P, Fitchett G. Introducing chaplains to research: "this could help me". J Health Care Chaplain. 2010;16:79-94 pubmed publisher
    ..This could help me in my work." This study suggests that, if provided with appropriate education, many chaplains are ready to become more active research consumers and a few would consider becoming investigators. ..
  16. Maas S. Clergy on call. Minn Med. 2002;85:18-21 pubmed
  17. Ledbetter T. Screening for pastoral visitations using the Clinical+Coping Score. J Pastoral Care Counsel. 2008;62:367-74 pubmed
    ..In so doing, the chaplains are able to identify the indicators for pastoral care contacts and interventions, as well as the number of patients whose recognized needs have yet to be addressed. ..
  18. Nottage S. Parents' use of nonmedical support services in the neonatal intensive care unit. Issues Compr Pediatr Nurs. 2005;28:257-73 pubmed
    ..In addition, parents in this study appear to use support services less often than would be anticipated based on their reports of utility. Suggestions are provided to potentially improve desirability/accessibility of these services. ..
  19. Gatrad A, Brown E, Sheikh A. Developing multi-faith chaplaincy. Arch Dis Child. 2004;89:504-5 pubmed
  20. Webb T. Assessing a crisis of faith and making a pastoral crisis intervention. Int J Emerg Ment Health. 2001;3:181-6 pubmed
    ..With an understanding of the nature of a crisis of faith crisis interventionists can employ critical incident stress management skills to support a person in spiritual as well as psychological trauma. ..
  21. Woggon F. "For the hatching of our hearts": friendship, pastoral care, and the formation for ministry. J Pastoral Care Counsel. 2003;57:257-67 pubmed
    ..He suggests that the power to bless, the ability to extend grace, and the potential for change are dynamics of friendship which are effective both in pastoral care and in ministry formation. ..
  22. Lyndes K, Fitchett G, Thomason C, Berlinger N, Jacobs M. Chaplains and quality improvement: can we make our case by improving our care?. J Health Care Chaplain. 2008;15:65-79 pubmed publisher
    ..It also makes general recommendations aimed at promoting the development of promising practices for the field. ..
  23. Gatrad A, Sadiq R, Sheikh A. Multifaith chaplaincy. Lancet. 2003;362:748 pubmed
  24. Farrar C. The right time for me. J Pastoral Care Counsel. 2007;61:139-41 pubmed
  25. Dudley T. A Boisen reverie. J Pastoral Care Counsel. 2007;61:257-9 pubmed
  26. McManus J. What training should be required as an education standard for healthcare and hospital chaplains?. South Med J. 2006;99:665-70 pubmed
    ..This document seeks to identify where there is common ground on domains of competence for chaplaincy training and suggest some progress for training which fits into NHS structures and systems. ..
  27. Brun W. A proposed diagnostic schema for religious/spiritual concerns. J Pastoral Care Counsel. 2005;59:425-40; discussion 441-54 pubmed
    ..Several responses to the proposal are offered by colleagues in the pastoral arts and sciences. ..
  28. McCurdy D. But what are we trying to prove?. J Health Care Chaplain. 2002;12:151-63 pubmed
  29. Gilbert R. Resources for individual and team growth. J Health Care Chaplain. 2001;11:81-98 pubmed
    ..The last section provides references to materials that speak to specific opportunities for ministry that interest these professionals, including aging, bereavement, the sick, counseling for emotional support, and domestic violence. ..
  30. Montonye M, Calderone S. Pastoral interventions and the influence of self-reporting: a preliminary analysis. J Health Care Chaplain. 2009;16:65-73 pubmed publisher
    ..Recommendations are made for more qualitative research, such as patient surveys, and anchoring vignettes to supplement quantitative research. ..
  31. Galek K, Porter M. A brief review of religious beliefs in research on mental health and ETAS theory. J Health Care Chaplain. 2009;16:58-64 pubmed publisher
    ..The paper discusses the associations between religious beliefs and mental health that have been reported and the value of measuring religious beliefs in light of ETAS Theory. ..
  32. Rhodes B. Send in the clowns. Nurs Manag (Harrow). 2005;12:13 pubmed
  33. Clinebell H. Religion can make you sick or help keep you well. J Pastoral Care Counsel. 2005;59:181-3 pubmed
  34. Winter Pfändler U, Morgenthaler C. Are surveys on quality improvement of healthcare chaplaincy emotionally distressing for patients? A pilot study. J Health Care Chaplain. 2010;16:140-8 pubmed publisher
    ..Findings from this study suggest that participants found no objective reasons not to do research in healthcare chaplaincy. ..
  35. Wright S. Room for God. Nurs Stand. 2008;22:24-5 pubmed
  36. Handzo G, Flannelly K, Kudler T, Fogg S, Harding S, Hasan Y, et al. What do chaplains really do? II. Interventions in the New York Chaplaincy Study. J Health Care Chaplain. 2008;14:39-56 pubmed publisher
  37. Zock H. The split professional identity of the chaplain as a spiritual caregiver in contemporary Dutch health care: are there implications for the United States?. J Pastoral Care Counsel. 2008;62:137-9 pubmed
  38. Galek K, Flannelly K, Jacobs M, Barone J. Spiritual needs: Gender differences among professional spiritual care providers. J Pastoral Care Counsel. 2008;62:29-35 pubmed
    ..No significant gender differences were found for spiritual needs related to morality concerns or religious practices. ..
  39. Taylor J. A moment in the life of a SARS chaplain. J Pastoral Care Counsel. 2003;57:355-6 pubmed
  40. Dalal I. Cultural understanding. Interview by Petra Kendall-Raynor. Nurs Stand. 2007;22:22-3 pubmed
    ..Moulana Ilyas Dalal is the Muslim chaplain at Dewsbury and District Hospital, where he combines pastoral care with teaching healthcare staff about Islamic practices and culture. ..
  41. Larocca Pitts M. These hands. J Pastoral Care Counsel. 2006;60:149-50 pubmed
  42. Carey L, Newell C. Withdrawal of life support and chaplaincy in Australia. Crit Care Resusc. 2007;9:34-9 pubmed
    ..Given this involvement and the future potential benefit for patients, families and clinical staff, there is a need to develop continuing education and research on pastoral care and chaplaincy services. ..
  43. Platt J. The planning, organising and delivery of a memorial service in critical care. Nurs Crit Care. 2004;9:222-9 pubmed
    ..An audit in 2003 has confirmed the value of the service: 97% of attendees were glad they attended the service and 72% would like to be invited to the service again next year. ..
  44. Anderson R. The search for spiritual/cultural competency in chaplaincy practice: five steps that mark the path. J Health Care Chaplain. 2004;13:1-24 pubmed
    ..Knowing one's own spiritual/cultural grounding is the first step in this open-ended search. ..
  45. Benhamou Jantelet G. Religious practice, the secularity principle and hospitals in France. Nurs Ethics. 2004;11:625-7; discussion 627-8 pubmed
  46. Pugh E, Smith S, Salter P. Offering spiritual support to dying patients and their families through a chaplaincy service. Nurs Times. 2010;106:18-20 pubmed
    ..Nurses reported that the service was valuable not only for patients and their families but also for themselves and the whole clinical team. All nurses said they wanted the service to continue. ..
  47. Galek K, Vanderwerker L, Flannelly K, Handzo G, Kytle J, Ross A, et al. Topography of referrals to chaplains in the Metropolitan Chaplaincy Study. J Pastoral Care Counsel. 2009;63:6-1-13 pubmed
    ..Patient and family referrals usually involved positive patient affect, whereas staff referrals usually involved negative patient affect. ..
  48. Meert K, Briller S, Schim S, Thurston C, Kabel A. Examining the needs of bereaved parents in the pediatric intensive care unit: a qualitative study. Death Stud. 2009;33:712-40 pubmed publisher
    ..Deeper understanding of parents' needs will allow health professionals to better support parents during bereavement as well as to provide more customized care. ..
  49. Carey L, Cohen J. Health care chaplains and their role on institutional ethics committees: an Australia study. J Relig Health. 2010;49:221-32 pubmed publisher
    ..Some implications of this study with respect to chaplaincy, hospital research ethics committees, health care institutions, ecclesiastical institutions, and government responsibilities are discussed. ..
  50. Finlay E, Lu H, Henderson H, Henderson H, O Dwyer P, Casarett D. Do phase 1 patients have greater needs for palliative care compared with other cancer patients?. Cancer. 2009;115:446-53 pubmed publisher
    ..Further research will be needed to define the palliative care needs of this population. ..
  51. Davies J. Help from on high. Hospital trusts must now take steps to address their patients' religious needs. Some are already doing so, as Jeremy Davies reports. Health Serv J. 2004;114:26-7 pubmed
  52. Bacote D. The miracle of metamorphosis: from chicken to eagle. J Pastoral Care Counsel. 2006;60:441-3 pubmed
  53. Gojmerac Leiner G. Revisiting Viktor Frankl: his contributions to the contemporary interest in spirituality and health care. J Pastoral Care Counsel. 2005;59:375-9 pubmed
    ..The author asserts the role of the hospital chaplain in helping the sick person to draw upon his or her spiritual strength to cope with their physical illness or affliction. ..