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 x3WJC Session 2: The MD Anderson Spiritual Assessment
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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In 1990, Chaplain Roy Nash reported a model of spiritual assessment that described 19 major spiritual issues in life. He conceptualized a continuum for each issue (e.g., courage and dread, alienated and connected). After listening to a patient's story the chaplain identified where the patient was on the continuum for each issue. Using seven of the polarities from Nash's work, chaplains at MD Anderson Cancer Center developed a tool that focuses on issues of spiritual distress commonly experienced by cancer patients. In this session we will discuss a report in which this model was used with 113 palliative care inpatients, including findings about the prevalence and correlates of spiritual distress.

Aims for reading this article through the Webinar journal club:
1. To make chaplains aware of a quantitative approach to describing chaplain-assessed spiritual needs of patients,
2. To make chaplains aware of spiritual distress in a sample of palliative care patients, including prevalence of spiritual distress overall and of distress related to 7 specific issues, as well as the correlates of 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.


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.