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Pain Control and Chaplaincy in Australia


Carety, LB and Newell, CJ and Rumbold, B, Pain Control and Chaplaincy in Australia, Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 32, (6) pp. 589-601. ISSN 0885-3924 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2006.06.008


This paper summarizes the experiences of 327 Australian health care chaplains with regard to their involvement in issues concerning pain control within the health care context. The findings indicate that approximately 60% of surveyed chaplains had provided some form of pastoral intervention directly to patients and/or their families dealing with issues concerning pain, and that approximately 36% of chaplains had assisted clinical staff with issues concerning patient pain. Differences of involvement between volunteer and staff chaplains are noted, as are the perspectives of chaplaincy informants regarding their role in relation to pain control. Some implications of this study with respect to chaplaincy utility and training are noted. © 2006 U.S. Cancer Pain Relief Committee.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health and community services
Objective Division:Information and Communication Services
Objective Group:Communication technologies, systems and services
Objective Field:Mobile technologies and communications
UTAS Author:Newell, CJ (Associate Professor Christopher Newell)
ID Code:44580
Year Published:2006
Web of Science® Times Cited:17
Deposited By:Medical Education Unit
Deposited On:2006-08-01
Last Modified:2007-06-08

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