Growing recognition of spiritual care in patient care

Categories: Research.

The conference, ‘Caring for the human spirit: driving the research agenda for spiritual care in healthcare‘, is taking place from 31 March to 3 April 2014 in New York City.

In addition to a number of keynote speakers, six research studies on the role of spiritual care in providing effective patient care will be presented.

Rev. Eric J. Hall, HCCN President and CEO, said: “The conference will present the results of an unprecedented level of scientific research quality, energy, and collaboration to grow the evidence base of the impact of spiritual care within healthcare. It will also shape the agenda for future research.”

Funded by the John Templeton Foundation, the six new, ground-breaking studies to be presented are:

  • Hospital chaplaincy and medical outcomes at the end of life
    Dana Farber Cancer Institute (Boston)
  • Understanding paediatric chaplaincy in crisis situations
    Children’s Mercy Hospital (Kansas City)
  • Impact of hospital-based chaplain support on decision-making during serious illness in a diverse urban palliative care population
    Emory University (Atlanta)
  • Caregiver outlook: an evidence-based intervention for the chaplain toolkit
    Duke University Medical Center (Durham, NC)
  • Spiritual assessment and intervention model (AIM) in outpatient palliative care for patients with advanced cancer
    University of California, San Francisco
  • “What do I do” – Developing a taxonomy of chaplaincy activities and interventions for spiritual care in ICU palliative care
    Advocate Charitable Foundation & Advocate Health Care (Chicago)

The conference is designed for chaplains, physicians, nurses, social workers and other professionals interested in understanding, participating in or expanding the evidence base for the effectiveness of spiritual care in health care.

For those unable to attend in person, a live webcast of most conference sessions will also be available. 

For further details on the conference, or to register, go to the HealthCare Chaplaincy Network website.

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