Patient Appreciation of Student Chaplain Visits During Their Hospitalization

Taylor E. Purvis, Thomas Y. Crowe, Scott M. Wright, Paula Teague

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Spiritual care is associated with improved health outcomes and higher patient satisfaction. However, chaplains often cover many hospital units and thus may not be able to serve all patients. Involving student chaplains in patient spiritual care may allow for more patients to experience the support of spiritual care. In this study, we surveyed 93 patients hospitalized on general medical units at a tertiary care center who were visited by nine student chaplain summer interns. The results indicated that the majority of patients appreciated student chaplain visits and these encounters may have positively influenced their overall hospital experience. Thus, student chaplains could be a way to extend valuable spiritual care in settings where chaplaincy staff shortages preclude access.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)240-248
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Religion and Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2018


  • Chaplain
  • Intern
  • Patient satisfaction
  • Survey
  • Trainee

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Religious studies


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