APC Webinar Journal Club 13 - Session 4

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Spiritual Pain, Symptoms, and Quality of Life among Latin American Cancer Patients: What Should Chaplains Know?

presented by Cate Beaulieu-Desjardins, MDiv MPH BCC and Rev. Beth Muehlhausen PhD MDiv BCC LCSW
Please Register by September 6, 2024

Individual Webinar Journal Club 13 sessions
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Registration by the published deadline is required to ensure that participants receive handouts, login information and pre-reading materials in sufficient time before the webinar.

The series is designed to help chaplains with no prior experience learn to read and understand research. It will also introduce research-literate chaplains to important research about spiritual needs and chaplains’ activities in response to those needs.

The articles selected for the series are made available, and participants are strongly encouraged to read them in preparation for each webinar.

Session 4
Spiritual Pain, Symptoms, and Quality of Life among Latin American Cancer Patients: What Should Chaplains Know?
presented by Cate Michelle Desjardins MDiv MPh BCC and Rev. Beth Muehlhausen PhD MDiv BCC LCSW
Tuesday, September 10, 2024

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CST
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MST
11:00 am - 12:00 pm PST
10:00 am - 11:00 am AKST
8:00 am - 9:00 am HAST

60 minutes (1 CE hour plus reading/self-study hours - Methodology 8, Research)

This study was a multicenter, multi country study exploring the ways spirituality/religion (S/R) is associated with quality of life among Latin American patients with advanced cancer. Study participants (N=355) from Chile, Guatemala, and the United States completed a number of assessment measures looking at their depth of S/R, spiritual pain and symptom distress in conjunction with quality of life. The vast majority (315/355) identified as S/R, yet over half (N=195, 60%) stated their S/R needs were not met by the medical team. Positive COPE and quality of life was associated with S/R and spiritual pain was associated with physical and psychosocial distress.

Aims for reading this article through the Webinar Journal Club:

  1. Understand the S/R needs of Latin Americans with advanced cancer.
  2. Understand the role S/R needs play in regard to quality of life.
  3. Develop a beginning understanding of assessment tools used to measure S/R, spiritual distress and quality of life.

Delgado-Guay MO, Palma A, Duarte E, Grez M, Tupper L, Liu DD, Bruera E. Association between Spirituality, Religiosity, Spiritual Pain, Symptom Distress, and Quality of Life among Latin American Patients with Advanced Cancer: A Multicenter Study. J Palliat Med. 2021 Nov;24(11):1606-1615. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2020.0776. Epub 2021 Apr 12. PMID: 33844951; PMCID: PMC9022128.

Cate Beaulieu-Desjardins, MDiv MPH BCC is the Assistant Director of Research Development for Transforming Chaplaincy, where she focuses primarily on research in pediatric spiritual care. Cate completed the Transforming Chaplaincy Research Fellowship in 2019 and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at KU Leuven in Belgium. She is co-editor for the forthcoming book “Case Studies in Pediatric Chaplaincy” (Pickwick, 2024). Cate concurrently serves as the Executive Director for the Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship and the Anabaptist Centre for Healthcare Ethics. Cate is endorsed and credentialed by Mennonite Church USA as one of the first openly LGBTQ+ persons granted ministry credentials in the denomination.
Rev. Beth Muehlhausen PhD MDiv BCC LCSW is the Spiritual Care Research Program Manager at Houston Methodist Hospital in Texas. She coordinates research related to spirituality, religion and spiritual care with the Houston Methodist Research Institute and interdisciplinary colleagues as well as research within the spiritual care department. She is also a researcher and instructor with Transforming Chaplaincy. She is a qualitative researcher utilizing hermeneutic phenomenology and mixed methods. She has published several articles on spirituality, chaplaincy, and spiritual care during the pandemic. She has presented several workshops and intensives at the annual APC conference, for NACC and the North American Association of Christians in Social Work.

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