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'Having a different conversation around death': Diverse hospital chaplains' views on end of life care

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)530-543
Number of pages14
JournalEthnicity & Health
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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Objectives: Hospital chaplaincy in the UK's National Health Service (NHS) is an allied profession that is emerging from its origins as an aspect of Anglican clerical organisation. This paper describes the perceptions and practices of hospital chaplains around end of life care and organ donation.

Design: Qualitative study involving 19 semi-structured exploratory interviews with hospital chaplains in five NHS Hospital Trusts across two regions in the UK.

Results: Chaplains provided generic support for the family around death and in relation to end of life conversations. While chaplains were supportive of efforts to increase awareness of issues around deceased donation they held a range of views on organ donation and had limited knowledge of hospital processes and practices.

Conclusion: There is scope for greater training and involvement of hospital chaplains in hospital work on organ donation, and in developing new forms of community engagement to promote awareness and debate.

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