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Occupational Therapy

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The impetus for this study began with the consideration of what various practitioners have to offer in the delivery of services that attend to the spiritual nature of patients within an interdisciplinary healthcare team. To better understand that perspective, the authors of this study decided to initially investigate the literature specifically related to the role of chaplains to better situate the constructs of spirituality and healthcare. From the reviewed literature, we ascertained the general role and tasks of the chaplain, and the value of interdisciplinary work, albeit primarily with nurses and physicians. Despite these insights, we (all from an occupational therapy perspective) still did not fully comprehend the meaning or essence of the chaplain’s role. The research aim was to be able to elucidate the role of chaplains within a healthcare context by asking chaplains to share their own meaning of chaplaincy within healthcare.


Acknowledgement: This manuscript was completed in conjunction with the graduate scholarship project completed by Corinne McGrail, MS, OTR/L, Kathryn Karoly, MS, OTR/L, and Laurel Taylor, MS, OTR/L. Consultation for this research was provided by Rev. Dr. Priscilla Denham.