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‘Chaplains for wellbeing’ in primary care: A qualitative investigation of their perceived impact for patients’ health and wellbeing

MCSHERRY, Wilfred, BOUGHEY, Adam and KEVERN, Peter (2016) ‘Chaplains for wellbeing’ in primary care: A qualitative investigation of their perceived impact for patients’ health and wellbeing. Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy. pp. 151-170. ISSN 0885-4726 (In Press)

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Although Health Chaplaincy services are well-established in hospitals in the UK and across the world, Primary Care Chaplaincy is still in its infancy and much less extensively developed. This study explored the impact the introduction of a Primary Care ‘Chaplains for Wellbeing’ service had upon patients’ experience and perceived health and well-being.
Sixteen patients participated in one-one interviews. Transcripts were analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA). Patients reported circumstances that had eroded perceived self-efficacy, self-identity and security manifesting as existential displacement; summarised under the superordinate theme of ‘loss’. ‘Loss’ originated from a number of sources and was expressed as the loss of hope, self-confidence, self-efficacy, and sense of purpose and meaning.
Chaplains used a wide range of strategies enabling patients to rebuild self-confidence and self-esteem. Person-centred, dignified and responsive care offered in a supportive environment enabled patients to adapt and cope with existential displacement.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Chaplains, well-being, phenomenology, patients, primary care
Faculty: Previous Faculty of Health Sciences > Nursing and Midwifery
Depositing User: Peter KEVERN
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2016 09:21
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2017 01:38

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