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 WJC7 Session 5, Next Steps in Identifying Who Needs Spiritual 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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A key challenge for spiritual care providers is identifying the patients most in need of their often limited services. Health care colleagues are also eager for guidelines that can inform their screening and referrals. Reliably identifying who needs spiritual care is essential for the growth of spiritual care in out-patient and home care contexts. The article we discuss in this webinar presents the findings from a rigorous examination of six approaches to screening for religious/spiritual distress. The findings suggest a combination of two questions provides is currently the best choice for screening for religious/spiritual distress. Areas for additional research about screening for religious/spiritual need will be discussed.

Aims for reading this article through the Webinar journal club:
1. To become familiar with evidence for the best items to use for screening for religious/spiritual distress.
2. To critically examine the strengths and limitations of this study of the accuracy of six approaches to screening for religious/spiritual distress.
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:King, S., D., Fitchett, G., Murphy, P. E., Pargament, K., I., Harrison, D., A., & Loggers, E. T. (2017) Determining best methods to screen for religious/spiritual distress. Supportive Care in Cancer, 25, 471-479.


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.