Health and Social Care Chaplaincy, Vol 1, No 2 (2013)

Chaplains – How Are They Known?

Debbie Hodge
Issued Date: 27 May 2014


Spiritual Assessment and spiritual care is the domain of health care chaplains – but if the chaplains’ contribution to health outcomes is to be recognized, it needs to be described and articulated in a language that is understood by others caring for the patient/client. This article, building on a “model of chaplaincy”, explores further spiritual assessment and the recognition that chaplains offer a unique way of utilizing the patients/clients words to explore and meet deep felt needs.

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DOI: 10.1558/hscc.v1i2.165


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