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Translating spiritual care in the chaplain profession.

Abstract

Chaplains provide a much-needed service to patients and families requiring spiritual care in the healthcare setting. Despite evidence documenting improvements quality of life for patients using spiritual services, chaplains experience challenges in translating the benefits they provide into concepts understood by patients, team members, and administrators. A qualitative study using interviews with 19 chaplains found that translation problems occur in three main areas: (a) justifying the role to patients and families, (b) determinations of what constitutes a "productive" employee, and (c) effective collaboration with other members of the health care team. This study outlines several strategies used by chaplains to ease the process of translation, as well as some directions for future research.

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Department of Communications, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. emcramer@uwm.edu

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MeSH

Adult
Aged
Chaplaincy Service, Hospital
Female
Humans
Interprofessional Relations
Job Description
Male
Middle Aged
Pastoral Care
Professional Role
Spirituality
United States

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

24040699

Citation

TY - JOUR T1 - Translating spiritual care in the chaplain profession. AU - Cramer,Emily M, AU - Tenzek,Kelly E, AU - Allen,Mike, PY - 2013/9/18/entrez PY - 2013/9/18/pubmed PY - 2013/11/2/medline SP - 6 EP - 6 JF - The journal of pastoral care & counseling : JPCC JO - J Pastoral Care Counsel VL - 67 IS - 1 N2 - Chaplains provide a much-needed service to patients and families requiring spiritual care in the healthcare setting. Despite evidence documenting improvements quality of life for patients using spiritual services, chaplains experience challenges in translating the benefits they provide into concepts understood by patients, team members, and administrators. A qualitative study using interviews with 19 chaplains found that translation problems occur in three main areas: (a) justifying the role to patients and families, (b) determinations of what constitutes a "productive" employee, and (c) effective collaboration with other members of the health care team. This study outlines several strategies used by chaplains to ease the process of translation, as well as some directions for future research. SN - 1542-3050 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/24040699/Translating_spiritual_care_in_the_chaplain_profession_ ER -