When visiting patients of all faiths, many contemporary hospital chaplains conduct a spiritual screening and assessment, arrive at a spiritual diagnosis, and determine a treatment plan. Sharon Ghamari-Tabrizi, David B. Larson Fellow in Health and Spirituality at the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress, examines the history of hospital chaplains' practices of spiritual diagnosis and treatment from the profession's inception in the 1920s through the present.
What does the chaplain write into the medical record? What is regarded as meaningful in a chart note? Who reads it? What does treatment look like? What is the basis for the chaplainís clinical role and authority in the hospital? What social, professional, epistemological work does the chaplainís chart note do? Find out the history of this growing field.
Thursday, July 7
Room LJ-119, First Floor
Library of Congress
Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street, S.E., Washington, D.C., 20540
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