The purpose of this study is to examine the factors that influence chaplain/pastoral care services in the hospital setting. The factors examined will be geography and ownership.
The first chaplaincy department was established at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston where Russell Dicks and Dr. Richard Cabot established a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program to provide supervised education for clergy ministering to patients, family, and staff. This has been called the crossroads of science, medicine and spirituality. Burton continued by saying that chaplains live and work at these very crossroads.
Like any other type of healthcare service provided, chaplaincy/pastoral care is an important aspect in the delivery of care. (For the purposes of this paper, chaplain/chaplaincy will include pastoral care).
Chaplaincy is not a service that is offered or available at all healthcare delivery systems, but the value of these services necessities it's availability.
|Commitee:||Acosta-Deprez, Veronica, Reynolds, Grace, Sinay, Tony|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Health and Human Services|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Health care management|
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