We’ve recommended a set of top resources on the nature of chaplaincy today. These articles and other resources represent some of the very best research and practice being done today. Our list is not intended to be comprehensive, and the selection represents the perspectives of the editorial team. These resources will be updated as new articles become available, and we welcome your feedback and suggestions.
Chaplain Education / CPE
Fitchett G, Tartaglia A, Massey K, Jackson-Jordan B, Derrickson PE (2015). “Education for Professional Chaplains: Should Certification Competencies Shape Curriculum?” Journal of Health Care Chaplaincies 21, 151-64.
Jankowski KRB, Vanderwerker LC, Murphy KM, Montonye M, Ross AM (2008). “Change in Pastoral Skills, Emotional Intelligence, Self-Reflection, and Social Desirability across a Unit of CPE.” Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy 15, 132-48.
Chaplain Well-Being / Burnout
Spidell S, Wallace A, Carmack CL, Nogeuras-Gonzalez GM, Parker CL, Cantor SB (2011). “Grief in Healthcare Chaplains: An Investigation of the Presence of Disenfranchised Grief.” Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy 17, 75-86.
Documentation and Charting
Johnson R, Wirpsa MJ, Boyken L, Sakumoto M, Handzo G, Kho A, Emanuel L (2016). “Communicating Chaplains’ Care: Narrative Documentation in a Neuroscience-Spine Intensive Care Unit.” Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy 22, 133-150.
Tartaglia A, Dodd-McCue D, Ford T, Demm C, Hassell A (2016). “Chaplain Documentation and the Electronic Medical Record: A Survey of ACPE Residency Programs.” Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy 22, 41-53.
Screening and Assessment
Delgado-Guay MO, Chisholm G, Williams J, Frisbee-Hume S, Ferguson AO, Bruera E (2016). “Frequency, Intensity, and Correlates of Spiritual Pain in Advanced Cancer Patients Assessed in a Supportive / Palliative Care Clinic.” Palliative & Supportive Care 14, 341-8.
Kestenbaum A, Shields M, James J, Hocker W, Morgan S, Karve S, Rabow MW, Dunn LB (2017). “What Impact Do Chaplains Have? A Pilot Study of Spiritual AIM for Advanced Cancer Patients in Outpatient Palliative Care.” Journal of Pain & Symptom Management 54, 707-14.
Monod SM, Rochat E, Büla CJ, Jobin G, Martin E, Spencer B (2010). “The Spiritual Distress Assessment Tool: An Instrument to Assess Spiritual Distress in Hospitalized Elderly Persons.” BMC Geriatrics 10, 88.
What Chaplains Do
Choi PJ, Curlin FA, Cox CE (2015). “‘The Patient Is Dying, Please Call the Chaplain’: The Activities of Chaplains in One Medical Center’s Intensive Care Units.” Journal of Pain & Symptom Management 50, 501-6.
Handzo GF, Flannelly KJ, Kudler T, Fogg SL, Harding SR, Hasan YH, Ross AM, Taylor BE (2008). “What Do Chaplains Really Do? II. Interventions in the New York Chaplaincy Study.” Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy 14, 39-56.
Massey K, Barnes MJ, Villines D, Goldstein JD, Pierson AL, Scherer C, Vander Laan B, Summerfelt WT (2015). “‘What do I do?’ Developing a Taxonomy of Chaplaincy Activities and Interventions for Spiritual Care in Intensive Care Unit Palliative Care.” BMC Palliative Care 14, 10.