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Six New Studies to Highlight Effectiveness of Spiritual Care in
Health Care for People Facing Serious Illness
New Field of Research to Launch at March 2014
HealthCare Chaplaincy Network Conference
New York, NY, February 18, 2014 —Six groundbreaking studies will be presented at the HealthCare Chaplaincy Network (HCCN) first annual conference, Caring for the Human Spirit®: Driving the Research Agenda for Spiritual Care in HealthCare, taking place March 31 – April 3, 2014 at The New York Academy of Medicine in New York City.
“This is the first large-scale attempt at forming an evidence base for spiritual care effectiveness in health care,” said The Rev. Eric Hall, HCCN President and CEO. “The conference will act as the launch pad for a rigorous new field of long-overdue research.”
Funded by the John Templeton Foundation, the six studies include:
This study holds key implications for improving the availability of chaplain services to patients, and the involvement of chaplains on medical teams, particularly in end of life care.
This study is expected to help guide change in how medical professionals utilize chaplains in the care of seriously ill children.
Research will show that more than half of chaplain visits did not actually focus on spiritual issues
This study will demonstrate that it is feasible for chaplains to work from a manual for intervention (the very first).
This is one of very few studies to provide an in-depth picture of what chaplains do in their work with patients.
This study solves the mystery of how chaplains are helpful by revealing a common chaplain language, list of activities and intended effects and outcomes.
Keynote speakers will include leaders in the fields of Oncology and Palliative Care:
The John Templeton Foundation serves as a philanthropic catalyst for discoveries relating to the Big Questions of human purpose and ultimate reality.