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 WJC7 Session 3, What Do Chaplains Do? Evidence from Chaplains Working in Palliative Care
Presented by George Fitchett PhD BCC and Sr. Patricia Murphy PhD BCC

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

$63/member; $96/nonmember
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Palliative care programs are growing at a very fast pace. Spiritual care is a core component of palliative care and more and more chaplains are working with palliative care teams to provide spiritual care for these patients and their loved ones. The article for this webinar reports the results of a survey with 382 hospital chaplains who worked at least 15% time in palliative care. Important findings from the survey include the chaplains? average workload, their involvement in patient/family medical decision making, and how chaplains? levels of involvement with the palliative care team influences their spiritual care activities.

Aims for reading this article through the Webinar journal club:
1. To re-examine chaplains? role in facilitating patient and family decision-making at the end of life.
2. To examine detailed data from a national survey that provides preliminary benchmarks for key activities for chaplains working in palliative care.
3. 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: Jeuland, J., Fitchett, G., Schulman-Green, D., & Kapo, J. (2017). Chaplains working in palliative care: Who they are and what they do. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 20, 502-508.


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.

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