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‘Having a different conversation around death’: Diverse hospital chaplains' views on end-of-life care.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. (welfare and lifecourse)
2013 (English)In: Ethnicity and Health, ISSN 1355-7858, E-ISSN 1465-3419, Vol. 18, no 6, 530-543 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Hospital chaplaincy in the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) is an allied health profession that is emerging from its origins as an aspect of Anglican clerical organisation. Drawing on 19 semi-structured, exploratory interviews with hospital chaplains in three British cities, this paper describes perceptions and practices around end of life care and organ donation. Specific impediments to deceased organ donation around the process of a person’s bodily and spiritual death were described by Catholic, Muslim and Pentecostalist chaplains, and yet only a single chaplain said he would advise a patient against donation. Promoting the involvement of hospital chaplains in hospital work on organ donation and developing new forms of community engagement offer constructive means of promoting debate and awareness.

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2013. Vol. 18, no 6, 530-543 p.
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end of life care, religion, organ donation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-238319DOI: 10.1080/13557858.2013.828832OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-238319DiVA: diva2:770861
Welfare and Life-course
Available from: 2014-12-11 Created: 2014-12-11 Last updated: 2014-12-11

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