SOURCE: HealthCare Chaplaincy Network

HealthCare Chaplaincy Network

February 18, 2015 11:12 ET

International Conference to Explore Spiritual Care's Role in Health Care

Renowned Experts Headline Health Care Chaplaincy Network's Annual Conference

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Feb 18, 2015) - Some of the world's most renowned experts will explore how spiritual care can be integrated into interdisciplinary practice at various types of health settings to impact the delivery and quality of health care, and a person's overall wellness, at HealthCare Chaplaincy Network's (HCCN) second annual international conference on April 20-22.

The "Caring for the Human Spirit Conference" features leading experts and researchers in spiritual care and palliative care, and is geared toward all types of health professionals in addition to chaplains. It will be held at the B Resort & Spa, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.; professionals can attend in person or via a real time Webcast.

"It's time to shed a much-deserved spotlight on spiritual care as a fundamental component of wellness," said Rev. Eric J. Hall, HCCN's president and CEO. "As spiritual care and palliative care continue to gain ground on the global health agenda, this conference promises to address the needs of the evolving health care environment and to stimulate ongoing dialogue."

Presenting the keynote, Christine M. Puchalski, M.D., founder and director, George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health, Washington, D.C., will discuss the emergent global initiative for implementation of inter-professional spiritual care.

Other sessions focus on best practices and the latest research in spiritual care, including its incorporation into clinical practice and palliative care, and its effect on patient satisfaction; religion as part of the patient experience, tested communication techniques, and cutting-edge spiritual care delivery methods.

A number of research studies show that the majority of Americans say that spirituality, in some form, should be an important consideration in their health care. Yet one study showed that 72 percent of patients said their spiritual needs were minimally or not at all supported by the medical system even though spiritual support was highly associated with quality of life.

For more information and to register, including early bird registration through March 20, visit www.healthcarechaplaincy.org/conference. CMEs, CNEs and CEs are pending.

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