The State of Research: Current Studies of Interest to Spiritual Care Providers


Transforming Chaplaincy: Promoting Research Literacy and Improving Outcomes

This project, funded by the John Templeton Foundation, aims to better equip health care chaplains to use research to guide, evaluate and advocate for the daily spiritual care they provide patients, family members and colleagues. It includes three different research-training opportunities for chaplains: fellowships, CPE curriculum development grants, and a research-oriented online continuing education course. (Posted 2/20/17) Read more


Dignity Therapy RCT Led by Nurses or Chaplains for Elderly Cancer Outpatients

The National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Cancer Institute and National Institute of Nursing Research have approved a new five-year study aimed at improving spiritual care outcomes for elderly cancer patients by optimizing a nurse-led or chaplain-led intervention focused on patient dignity. It marks one of the first times the NIH has funded a study that includes a chaplain-led spiritual care intervention. (Posted 2/20/17) Read more


Expanding Access to Home-Based Palliative Care Through Primary Care Medical Group

University of Southern California researchers will compare outcomes from patients who receive enhanced usual care (EUC), with usual care enhanced by provider training in palliative care, and patients who receive home-based palliative (HBPC) care provided by a primary care team consisting of a physician, nurse, social worker, and chaplain. Funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, the study will determine, in part, whether HBPC, compared with EUC, results in greater reduction in patients’ pain, symptoms, depression and anxiety; reduced hospital stays; and improved caregivers’ experience during the patient’s last days of life. (Posted 2/20/17) Read more


Enhancing Practice-Based Evidence for Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapies

The Consortium for Spiritually Integrated Psychology and Education, housed within the David O. McKay School of Education at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, has announced a three-year research project, Enhancing Practice-Based Evidence for Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapies: An Interdisciplinary Big Data Project, supported with funding from the John Templeton Foundation. The focus is on spiritually integrated psychotherapy approaches that are grounded in either a major world religion or a nontraditional spirituality that is clearly oriented toward something of sacred or transcendent value. The international grant competition will award approximately 1.8 million dollars in grant money over a three-year period for research projects that use practice-based evidence research designs that monitor treatment processes and outcomes of spiritually integrated treatment approaches. The LOI is due March 24, 2017. (Posted 2/20/17) Read more