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Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy

Published/Hosted by Haworth Press Inc. ISSN (printed): 0885-4726. ISSN (electronic): 1528-6916.

In the Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy, you'll discover new ways to tap into the source of devotion, care, and spiritual nourishment that drives the most successful and inspiring pastoral caregivers and chaplaincy departments around the country. You'll explore new and helpful avenues in both foundational and applied interdisciplinary research in this indispensable area of human need. Health care chaplains minister with the excitement and burden of providing pastoral care while the very ground of the health care system is shaking. With these changes come challenges, opportunities, and disappointments. In the Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy, you'll see what can be done to expand the horizons of health care chaplaincy in a day and age where funding shortages and cost containment are threatening to squeeze pastoral care departments out of existence. Specifically, the journal has addressed or plans to address the following issues: The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO) and pastoral care departments, effective pastoral care for patients with dementia, the need for increased attention to prison ministry, how to acquaint administrators with your ministry so they can make informed decisions concerning pastoral care, forgiveness's place in health care, how to conduct ministry in outpatient settings, collaboration between chaplains and nurses for the delivery of spiritual care, whether or not chaplains can continue a non-agenda stance as health care changes, new organizational styles for the delivery of pastoral care - determining what would happen if chaplains formed their own organizations which contracted with hospitals, parish clergy's relationships to their hospitalized parishioners, the health care institution, and hospital chaplains, productivity and cost benchmarks for hospital chaplains. The Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy provides you with a wide variety of field research, sage retrospection, and helpful looks ahead - a true wellspring of practical and applicable wisdom you can take with you and use every day. Editor Larry VandeCreek has gone to great lengths in the Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy to combine seasoned reflection with current, empirical research and its application to the field of health care chaplaincy in medical institutions of all kinds. Without a doubt, you and your pastoral caregiving practice can only benefit from such careful collaboration and giving.

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