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 WJC6 Session 3, Spiritual Peace Reduces Mortality for Patients with Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
Presented by George Fitchett PhD BCC and Sr. Patricia Murphy PhD BCC

1 CE hours, plus reading/study hours - Methodology 8, Research

$62/member; $98/nonmember
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There is a robust body of evidence that higher levels of religious involvement are associated with greater longevity among people living in the community. In contrast, previous evidence has suggested that religious or spiritual involvement had no impact on survival for people with a serious illness. In this webinar we will discuss a well-designed study that found longer survival among patients with congestive heart failure (CHF) who reported higher levels of inner peace. We will also discuss the implications of the study findings for chaplaincy care for patients with CHF. Your cardiology colleagues may be interested in joining you for this webinar.

Aims for reading this article through the webinar journal club:

To introduce chaplains to evidence that higher levels of inner peace are associated with longer survival for patients with CHF.
To review some implications of this study for chaplain care of patients with CHF.
To help chaplains develop and maintain research literacy, including the ability to critically read research and, where appropriate, apply the findings in their professional practice.

Reading: Park CL, Aldwin CM, Choun S, George L, Suresh DP, Bliss D. (2016). Spiritual peace predicts 5-year mortality in congestive heart failure patients. Health Psychology 35(3):203-10.


George Fitchett PhD BCC is an associate professor and the director of research in the Department of Religion, Health, and Human Values, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL. He has been a board certified chaplain (Association of Professional Chaplains) and pastoral supervisor (Association for Clinical Pastoral Education) for over 25 years. His book, Assessing Spiritual Needs (Academic Renewal Press, 2002), is a widely used text in clinical and academic training programs. Since 1990, Fitchett has been involved in research examining the relationship between religion and health in a variety of community and clinical populations. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, and published in pastoral, medical, and psychological journals. In 2006, he received the Anton Boisen Professional Service Award from APC

Sr. Patricia Murphy PhD BCC has a doctorate degree in pastoral counseling from Loyola University in Baltimore, MD, and a master's in Christian spirituality from St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO. She is an associate professor, and has taught research and statistics, as well as counseling, for many years at Rush University Medical Center, College of Health Sciences, Chicago, IL. She also is the chaplain for the inpatient psychiatry units at Rush. Murphy's research has examined the role of religious beliefs in adults diagnosed with depression. To learn more about her own work and her work with George Fitchett, go to Research in Religion, Health & Human Values on the Rush Web site.

When you purchase this webinar recording, you will receive a PDF file with links to watch the recording and access supplemental materials directly from our web page. You'll be able to hear and see the complete presentation, including Q&A with audience.