Title

Quality Improvement and Measurement for Healthcare Chaplaincy: What Do Chaplains Think?

Date of Award

6-5-2012

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Healthcare Leadership

Degree Name

Master of Professional Studies

Department

Healthcare Leadership

Advisor

Maria Creavin

Keywords

Healthcare Chaplaincy; Quality Improvement Measurement Chaplaincy; Healthcare Chaplaincy Research; Healthcare Chaplain Research; Quality Improvement Measurement Healthcare Chaplaincy; Evidence Based Spiritual Care Research; Spiritual care research; Quality Improvement Measurement Healthcare Spiritual Care

Abstract

Evidence-based medicine (EBM), severe financial cutbacks, and government mandated reform drive the work environments where healthcare chaplains minister today. Consequently, Quality Improvement and Measurement (QIM) in healthcare chaplaincy is gaining increasing attention from chaplains, researchers, administrators, and other healthcare professionals across the industry. The purpose of this paper is to ascertain the chaplain's perception and need for conducting research for QIM in healthcare chaplaincy. The respondents to this exploratory study perceive QIM as necessary, and that it will have positive effects on their chaplaincy. However, to fully integrate QIM into their professional roles, chaplains need more resources, such as training, additional staffing, and funding.

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