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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_ L2 - http://www.labome.org//expert/usa/university/cramer/emily-m-cramer-2175725.html ER -