Do oncology outpatients need chaplaincy services?
Cedar, SH, Mitchell, J, Watts, J and Hilborn, M (2018). Do oncology outpatients need chaplaincy services? Health and Social Care Chaplaincy. 6 (1), pp. 82-94. https://doi.org/10.1558/hscc.31826
|Cedar, SH, Mitchell, J, Watts, J and Hilborn, M
© Equinox Publishing Ltd 2018. Holistic patient-centred care is the aim of health services in the United Kingdom delivered through the 6Cs. Chaplains can offer aspects of this through compassionate care of the patient, particularly when a person is facing a life-limiting prognosis. This study firstly evaluated patient awareness and use of chaplaincy services in two oncology settings; Inpatient and Outpatient. Outpatients had not previously been offered chaplaincy services. Secondly, the demand and needs for a chaplaincy intervention was investigated with patients who expressed a spiritual or religious belief and had received a chaplaincy visit. Results indicated that half of the patients seen in the first evaluation identified with a spiritual/ religious belief and both Outpatients and Inpatients had a similar demand for chaplaincy visits. Those receiving a chaplaincy visit before being evaluated generally requested further visits. Based on these results we have now established a chaplaincy visiting service in the Outpatient chemotherapy suites to try to match demands.
|Health and Social Care Chaplaincy
|6 (1), pp. 82-94
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
|24 Dec 2018
|Publication process dates
|05 Feb 2019
|24 Dec 2018
|Accepted author manuscript
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