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A survey of chaplains' roles in pediatric palliative care: integral members of the team.
J Health Care Chaplain 2012; 18(1-2):74-93JH

Abstract

To date, the field of health care chaplaincy has had little information about how pediatric palliative care (PPC) programs meet the spiritual needs of patients and families. We conducted a qualitative study consisting of surveys of 28 well-established PPC programs in the United States followed by interviews with medical directors and professional chaplains in 8 randomly selected programs among those surveyed. In this report, we describe the PPC chaplain activities, evidence regarding chaplain integration with the PPC team, and physician and chaplain perspectives on the chaplains' contributions. Chaplains described their work in terms of processes such as presence, while physicians emphasized outcomes of chaplains' care such as improved communication. Learning to translate what they do into the language of outcomes will help chaplains improve health care colleagues' understanding of chaplains' contributions to care for PPC patients and their families. In addition, future research should describe the spiritual needs and resources of PPC patients and families and examine the contribution chaplains make to improved outcomes for families and children facing life-limiting illnesses.

Authors+Show Affiliations

American Society for Clinical Pathology, Chicago, Illinois 60603, USA. kalyndes@yahoo.comNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

22546048

Citation

Lyndes, Kathryn A., et al. "A Survey of Chaplains' Roles in Pediatric Palliative Care: Integral Members of the Team." Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy, vol. 18, no. 1-2, 2012, pp. 74-93.
Lyndes KA, Fitchett G, Berlinger N, et al. A survey of chaplains' roles in pediatric palliative care: integral members of the team. J Health Care Chaplain. 2012;18(1-2):74-93.
Lyndes, K. A., Fitchett, G., Berlinger, N., Cadge, W., Misasi, J., & Flanagan, E. (2012). A survey of chaplains' roles in pediatric palliative care: integral members of the team. Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy, 18(1-2), pp. 74-93. doi:10.1080/08854726.2012.667332.
Lyndes KA, et al. A Survey of Chaplains' Roles in Pediatric Palliative Care: Integral Members of the Team. J Health Care Chaplain. 2012;18(1-2):74-93. PubMed PMID: 22546048.
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TY - JOUR T1 - A survey of chaplains' roles in pediatric palliative care: integral members of the team. AU - Lyndes,Kathryn A, AU - Fitchett,George, AU - Berlinger,Nancy, AU - Cadge,Wendy, AU - Misasi,Jennifer, AU - Flanagan,Erin, PY - 2012/5/2/entrez PY - 2012/5/2/pubmed PY - 2012/9/22/medline SP - 74 EP - 93 JF - Journal of health care chaplaincy JO - J Health Care Chaplain VL - 18 IS - 1-2 N2 - To date, the field of health care chaplaincy has had little information about how pediatric palliative care (PPC) programs meet the spiritual needs of patients and families. We conducted a qualitative study consisting of surveys of 28 well-established PPC programs in the United States followed by interviews with medical directors and professional chaplains in 8 randomly selected programs among those surveyed. In this report, we describe the PPC chaplain activities, evidence regarding chaplain integration with the PPC team, and physician and chaplain perspectives on the chaplains' contributions. Chaplains described their work in terms of processes such as presence, while physicians emphasized outcomes of chaplains' care such as improved communication. Learning to translate what they do into the language of outcomes will help chaplains improve health care colleagues' understanding of chaplains' contributions to care for PPC patients and their families. In addition, future research should describe the spiritual needs and resources of PPC patients and families and examine the contribution chaplains make to improved outcomes for families and children facing life-limiting illnesses. SN - 1528-6916 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/22546048/A_survey_of_chaplains'_roles_in_pediatric_palliative_care:_integral_members_of_the_team_ L2 - http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/08854726.2012.667332 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -