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Testing the efficacy of chaplaincy care.

Abstract

The current article reviews the research conducted in the United States on the clinical practice of chaplains with patients and family members, referrals to chaplains, patient satisfaction with chaplaincy services, and the limited literature on the efficacy of chaplain interventions. It also discusses the methodological limitations of studies conducted on these topics and makes suggestions for improving future chaplaincy research. The authors conclude that past studies have not adequately defined chaplain interventions, nor sufficiently documented the clinical practice of chaplains, and that more and better designed studies are needed to test the efficacy of chaplaincy interventions. The authors recommend that chaplains generate research-based definitions of spirituality, spiritual care, and chaplaincy practice; and that more research be conducted to describe the unique contributions of chaplains to spiritual care, identify best chaplaincy practices to optimize patient and family health outcomes, and test the efficacy of chaplaincy care.

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  • Authors+Show Affiliations

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    Professional and Continuing Studies, Healthcare Chaplaincy, New York, New York 10022, USA. kjankowski@healthcarechaplaincy.org

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    Source

    Journal of health care chaplaincy 17:3-4 2011 pg 100-25

    MeSH

    Chaplaincy Service, Hospital
    Humans
    Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
    Patient Satisfaction
    United States

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article
    Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    22029504

    Citation

    TY - JOUR T1 - Testing the efficacy of chaplaincy care. AU - Jankowski,Katherine R B, AU - Handzo,George F, AU - Flannelly,Kevin J, PY - 2011/10/28/entrez PY - 2011/10/28/pubmed PY - 2012/3/1/medline SP - 100 EP - 25 JF - Journal of health care chaplaincy JO - J Health Care Chaplain VL - 17 IS - 3-4 N2 - The current article reviews the research conducted in the United States on the clinical practice of chaplains with patients and family members, referrals to chaplains, patient satisfaction with chaplaincy services, and the limited literature on the efficacy of chaplain interventions. It also discusses the methodological limitations of studies conducted on these topics and makes suggestions for improving future chaplaincy research. The authors conclude that past studies have not adequately defined chaplain interventions, nor sufficiently documented the clinical practice of chaplains, and that more and better designed studies are needed to test the efficacy of chaplaincy interventions. The authors recommend that chaplains generate research-based definitions of spirituality, spiritual care, and chaplaincy practice; and that more research be conducted to describe the unique contributions of chaplains to spiritual care, identify best chaplaincy practices to optimize patient and family health outcomes, and test the efficacy of chaplaincy care. SN - 1528-6916 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/22029504/Testing_the_efficacy_of_chaplaincy_care_ L2 - http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/08854726.2011.616166 ER -