Chaplaincy and outpatient cancer care in a faith-based health system: lessons learned when imbedding two full time chaplain positions in a cancer institute with a faith-based heritage.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-27-2024

Publication Title

Journal of health care chaplaincy

Keywords

oregon; portland

Abstract

There is interest in chaplains devoted to outpatient cancer care, informed by a growing body of research as well as recommendations of accreditors. Simultaneously, a growing share of U.S. healthcare is faith-based and possesses a foundational interest in religious/spiritual (R/S) care due to institutional culture. In that milieu, few articles describe how religious organizational cultures influence the creation and implementation of FTEs intended to meet the evidence-based recommendations of accreditors. This is a lacuna, given that board certified chaplains are measured on their ability to integrate spiritual care into the life and service of their institutions. In response, this article describes the creation and implementation of two chaplain positions devoted to a group of outpatient cancer clinics in a large Catholic healthcare system. This includes lessons learned when navigating R/S aspects of organizational cultures while implementing and executing chaplain practice to meet accreditor recommendations.

Clinical Institute

Cancer

Specialty

Health Care Administration

Specialty

Oncology

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