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 y2WJC Session 5 What is the Impact of Unmet Spiritual Needs on Patients' Overall Satisfaction?
Presented by George Fitchett PhD BCC
and Sr. Particia Murphy PhD BCC

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

$62/member; $98/nonmember
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It is not just patients in the Bible Belt for whom religion and spirituality are important. This study reports that, among 269 oncology outpatients in the Big Apple (New York City), 66% of whom described themselves as spiritual but not religious, 73% reported one or more spiritual needs. These investigators also examined the association between unmet spiritual needs and the patients' ratings of the quality of their care and their satisfaction with care.

Aims for reading this article through the Webinar journal club:

1. To make chaplains aware of reported spiritual needs of patients in treatment for cancer

2. To make chaplains aware of the association of unmet spiritual needs with lower overall satisfaction with 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.


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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