Spiritual Assessment and Health Care Chaplaincy

Rumbold, Bruce
December 2013
Christian Bioethics: Non-ecumenical Studies in Medical Morality;Dec2013, Vol. 19 Issue 3, p251
Academic Journal
Contemporary interest in spiritual assessment is indicative both of changing attitudes to spirituality and religion in society and changed patterns of care within health care systems. These changes have profound implications for health care chaplaincy, affecting how chaplains relate to patients, colleagues, and communities, what they are expected to know, and how their work is organized. In particular, becoming partners in spiritual care provision alongside practitioners from a range of other health care disciplines leads to new challenges and new opportunities. One of the challenges is learning to work with the rather different ways spirituality is conceptualized and assessed in contemporary health care discourse. Opportunities include using the new partnerships to expand the horizons of health care conversations about spirituality and to give feedback to those concerned with spiritual formation in the community about the effectiveness of their work in developing people’s resilience in the face of finitude, illness, and loss.


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