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The role of chaplains within oncology interdisciplinary teams.
Curr Opin Support Palliat Care 2012; 6(2):259-68CO

Abstract

PURPOSE OF REVIEW

The role of chaplains/spiritual care professionals and the importance of addressing spiritual needs within interdisciplinary oncology teams are in need of systematic review and critical appraisal. This review focuses on four key areas: basic concepts of spirituality within the healthcare domain; the relevance of spirituality within cancer care; the role of spiritual care within interdisciplinary cancer teams; and the current status of spiritual care professionals in interdisciplinary cancer teams.

RECENT FINDINGS

Addressing cancer patient's spiritual issues is recognized as a component of comprehensive cancer care. Spirituality has a positive effect on subjective and emotional aspects of cancer patient's health, including quality of life, wellbeing and distress. Failing to address cancer patients spiritual needs impacts patient wellbeing, satisfaction with care, perceived quality of care and is associated with higher healthcare costs. Although a variety of disciplines address spiritual issues, spiritual care professionals are recognized by patients, clinicians, researchers and within best practice guidelines of national health councils as specialists within this domain.

SUMMARY

Spiritual care professionals are increasingly recognized as integral members of interdisciplinary oncology teams. However, the full integration of spiritual care professionals within the standard practice of oncology interdisciplinary teams is lacking, as spiritual care services continue to be treated as ancillary services within cancer care organizations.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Alberta Health Services, Tom Baker Cancer Centre, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.No affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

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

Language

eng

PubMed ID

22453286

Citation

Sinclair, Shane, and Harvey M. Chochinov. "The Role of Chaplains Within Oncology Interdisciplinary Teams." Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care, vol. 6, no. 2, 2012, pp. 259-68.
Sinclair S, Chochinov HM. The role of chaplains within oncology interdisciplinary teams. Curr Opin Support Palliat Care. 2012;6(2):259-68.
Sinclair, S., & Chochinov, H. M. (2012). The role of chaplains within oncology interdisciplinary teams. Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care, 6(2), pp. 259-68. doi:10.1097/SPC.0b013e3283521ec9.
Sinclair S, Chochinov HM. The Role of Chaplains Within Oncology Interdisciplinary Teams. Curr Opin Support Palliat Care. 2012;6(2):259-68. PubMed PMID: 22453286.
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TY - JOUR T1 - The role of chaplains within oncology interdisciplinary teams. AU - Sinclair,Shane, AU - Chochinov,Harvey M, PY - 2012/3/29/entrez PY - 2012/3/29/pubmed PY - 2012/9/6/medline SP - 259 EP - 68 JF - Current opinion in supportive and palliative care JO - Curr Opin Support Palliat Care VL - 6 IS - 2 N2 - PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The role of chaplains/spiritual care professionals and the importance of addressing spiritual needs within interdisciplinary oncology teams are in need of systematic review and critical appraisal. This review focuses on four key areas: basic concepts of spirituality within the healthcare domain; the relevance of spirituality within cancer care; the role of spiritual care within interdisciplinary cancer teams; and the current status of spiritual care professionals in interdisciplinary cancer teams. RECENT FINDINGS: Addressing cancer patient's spiritual issues is recognized as a component of comprehensive cancer care. Spirituality has a positive effect on subjective and emotional aspects of cancer patient's health, including quality of life, wellbeing and distress. Failing to address cancer patients spiritual needs impacts patient wellbeing, satisfaction with care, perceived quality of care and is associated with higher healthcare costs. Although a variety of disciplines address spiritual issues, spiritual care professionals are recognized by patients, clinicians, researchers and within best practice guidelines of national health councils as specialists within this domain. SUMMARY: Spiritual care professionals are increasingly recognized as integral members of interdisciplinary oncology teams. However, the full integration of spiritual care professionals within the standard practice of oncology interdisciplinary teams is lacking, as spiritual care services continue to be treated as ancillary services within cancer care organizations. SN - 1751-4266 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/22453286/The_role_of_chaplains_within_oncology_interdisciplinary_teams_ L2 - http://Insights.ovid.com/pubmed?pmid=22453286 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -