We’ve recommended a set of top resources on chaplaincy in specific contexts. 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.
Care in Specific Contexts
Aging / Gerontology
Bormann J, Warren KA, Regalbuto L, Glaser D, Kelly A, Schnack J, Hinton L (2009). “A Spiritually Based Caregiver Intervention with Telephone Delivery for Family Caregivers of Veterans with Dementia.” Family and Community Health 32, 345-353.
Cancer / Oncology
King SD, Fitchett G, Murphy PE, Pargament KI, Martin PJ, Johnson RH, Harrison DA, Loggers ET (2017). “Spiritual or Religious Struggle in Hematopoietic Cell Transplant Survivors.” Psychooncology 26, 270-277.
Murray SA, Kendall M, Boyd K, Worth A, Benton TF (2004). “Exploring the Spiritual Needs of People Dying of Lung Cancer or Heart Failure: A Prospective Qualitative Interview Study of Patients and Their Carers.” Palliative Medicine 18, 1, 39-45.
Schultz M, Lulav-Grinwald D, Bar-Sela G (2014). “Cultural Differences in Spiritual Care: Findings of an Israeli Oncologic Questionnaire Examining Patient Interest in Spiritual Care.” BMC Palliative Care 13, 19.
Fitchett G, Murphy PE, Kim J, Gibbons JL, Cameron JR, Davis JA (2004). “Religious Struggle: Prevalence, Correlates and Mental Health Risks in Diabetic, Congestive Heart Failure, and Oncology Patients.” International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine 34, 179-196.
Murray SA, Kendall M, Grant E, Boyd K, Barclay S, Sheikh A (2007). “Patterns of Social, Psychological, and Spiritual Decline toward the End of Life in Lung Cancer and Heart Failure.” Journal of Pain & Symptom Management 34, 393-402.
Park CL, Wortmann JH, Edmondson D (2011). “Religious Struggle as a Predictor of Subsequent Mental and Physical Well-Being in Advanced Heart Failure Patients.” Journal of Behavioral Medicine 34, 426-36.
Currier JM, Foster JD, Abernethy AD, Witvliet CVO, Root Luna LM, Putnam KM, Schnitker SA, VanHarn K, Carter J (2017). “God Imagery and Affective Outcomes in a Spiritually Integrative Inpatient Program.” Psychiatry Research 254, 317-322.
Pennybaker S, Hemming P, Roy D, Anton B, Chisolm MS (2016). “Risks, Benefits, and Recommendations for Pastoral Care on Inpatient Psychiatric Units: A Systematic Review.” Journal of Psychiatric Practice 22, 363-81.
Raffay J, Wood E, Todd A (2016). “Service User Views of Spiritual and Pastoral Care (Chaplaincy) in NHS Mental Health Services: A Co-Produced Constructivist Grounded Theory Investigation.” BMC Psychiatry 16, 200.
Outpatient / Community Settings
Palliative / End-of-Life Care
Balboni TA, Fitchett G, Handzo GF, Johnson KS, Koenig HG, Pargament KI, Puchalski CM, Sinclair S, Taylor EJ, Steinhauser KE (2017). “State of the Science of Spirituality and Palliative Care Research Part II: Screening, Assessment, and Interventions.” Journal of Pain & Symptom Management 54, 441-453.
Piderman KM, Radecki Breitkopf C, Jenkins SM, Lapid MI, Kwete HM, Sytsma TT, Lovejoy LA, Yoder TJ, Jatoi A (2015). “The Impact of a Spiritual Legacy Intervention in Patients with Brain Cancers and Other Neurologic Illnesses and Their Support Persons.” Psychooncology 26, 346-53.
Steinhauser KE, Fichett G, Handzo GF, Johnson KS, Koenig HG, Pargament KI, Puchalski CM, Sinclair S, Taylor EJ, Balboni TA (2017). “State of the Science of Spirituality and Palliative Care Research Part I: Definitions, Measurement, and Outcomes.” Journal of Pain & Symptom Management 54, 428-440.
Steinhauser KE, Olsen A, Johnson KS, Sanders LL, Olsen M, Ammarell N, Grossoehme D (2016). “The Feasibility and Acceptability of a Chaplain-Led Intervention for Caregivers of Seriously Ill Patients: A Caregiver Outlook Pilot Study.” Palliative and Support Care 14, 456-67.
Pediatrics and Adolescents
Donohue PK, Norvell M, Boss RD, Shepard J, Frank K, Patron C, Crowe TY (2017). “Hospital Chaplains: Through the Eyes of Parents of Hospitalized Children.” Journal of Palliative Care online ahead of print.
Fitchett G, Lyndes KA, Cadge W, Berlinger N, Flanagan E, Misasi J (2011). “The Role of Professional Chaplains on Pediatric Palliative Care Teams: Perspectives from Physicians and Chaplains.” Journal of Palliative Medicine 14, 704-707.
Grossoehme DH, Szczesniak R, Mrug S, Dimitriou SD, Marshall A, McPhail GL (2016). “Adolescents’ Spirituality and Cystic Fibrosis Airway Clearance Treatment Adherence: Examining Mediators.” Journal of Pediatric Psychology 41, 1022-1032.
Grossoehme DH, Teeters A, Jelinek S, Dimitriou SM, Conard LA (2016). “Screening for Spiritual Struggle in an Adolescent Transgender Clinic: Feasibility and Acceptability.” Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy 22, 54-66.
Grossoehme DH, Ragsdale J, Wooldridge JL, Cotton S, Seid M (2010). “‘We can handle this’: Parents’ Use of Religion in the First Year following Their Child’s Diagnosis with Cystic Fibrosis.” Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy 16, 95-108.