Referrals to chaplains: The role of religion and spirituality in healthcare settings

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Given the increasing importance of understanding how healthcare workers interact with the principal person designated to meet patients' spiritual needs - the chaplain - the current study provides an inter-disciplinary perspective of the role of chaplains (and spirituality) in patients' emotional, physical, and spiritual health. The study surveyed a randomly selected national sample of hospital directors in four disciplines: medicine (n = 278), nursing (n = 230), social services (n = 229), and pastoral care (n = 470). Participants rated the importance of referring patients to chaplains for four different areas: pain/depression, anxiety/anger, treatment issues, and loss/death/meaning. Results revealed significant differences in referral patterns for type of hospital, professional discipline, the hospital's religious affiliation, and self-reported spirituality. Results are discussed in relation to historical views of spirituality and religion within the different disciplines.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Galek, K; Flannelly, KJ; Koenig, HG; Fogg, SL

Published Date

  • July 1, 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 10 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 363 - 377

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1469-9737

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1367-4676

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/13674670600757064

Citation Source

  • Scopus