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 y2WJC Session 2 What do Patients Expect from Chaplains?
Presented by: George Fitchett PhD BCC
and Sr. Patricia Murphy PhD BCC

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

$62/member; $98/nonmember
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If we want patients to be satisfied with our spiritual care, it helps to know what they expect. Chaplains at the Mayo Clinic have collected information on just that topic. How important is it for patients coming into the hospital to have a chaplain visit them? This study looked at more specific reasons for wanting a visit and found the most frequent expectation was "to remind me of God's care presence." A key feature of this research is its comparison of responses from patients from three different regions of the country.

Aims for reading this article through the Webinar journal club:

1. To make chaplains aware of what patients expect from chaplains

2. To make chaplains aware of patient characteristics associated with desiring a visit from the chaplain

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.


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.