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Six Studies to Highlight Effectiveness of Spiritual Care in Health Care for People Facing Serious Illness

New Field of Research to Launch at 2014 HealthCare Chaplaincy Network Conference

NEW YORK, Feb. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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 31April 3, 2014 at The New York Academy of Medicine in New York City.

Research addressed spiritual care intervention with seriously ill patients, including those with advanced cancer and ALS. The studies focused on urban populations; caregivers; families of critically ill children; the benefits of a common language and set of activities; and the impact on medical outcomes at the end of life. All the research has implications for palliative care, hospice and advance care planning.   

"This is the first large-scale attempt at forming an evidence base for spiritual care effectiveness in health care," said Rev. Eric J. Hall, HCCN President and CEO.

Funded by the John Templeton Foundation, the studies include:

  • Hospital Chaplaincy and Medical Outcomes at the End of Life 
    Dana Farber Cancer Institute (Boston)
  • Understanding Pediatric Chaplaincy in Crisis Situations
    Children's Mercy Hospital (Kansas City)
  • Impact of Hospital-Based Chaplain Support on Decision-Making During Serious Illness in a Diverse Urban Palliative Care Population
    Emory University (Atlanta)
  • Caregiver Outlook: An Evidence-Based Intervention for the Chaplain Toolkit
    Duke University Medical Center (Durham, NC)
  • Spiritual Assessment and Intervention Model (AIM) in Outpatient Palliative Care for Patients with Advanced Cancer
    UCSF (San Francisco)
  • "What do I do" – Developing a Taxonomy of Chaplaincy Activities and Interventions for Spiritual Care in ICU Palliative Care
    Advocate Charitable Foundation & Advocate Health Care (Chicago)

A live webcast of most conference sessions will be available. Attendees are able to register online at

About HealthCare Chaplaincy Network
HealthCare Chaplaincy Network (HCCN) is a leader in providing compassionate spiritual care in hospitals, online and beyond, and a catalyst in education and research for spiritual care in health care.

About the John Templeton Foundation
The John Templeton Foundation funds independent research and public engagement, pursuing breakthrough discoveries to expand our current knowledge about the universe, the full potentials of humanity, and life's ultimate purpose.

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SOURCE HealthCare Chaplaincy Network

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