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Spiritual issues and bioethics in the intensive care unit: The role of the chaplain

Author(s): Higdon, T. L.

Journal/Book: Crit Care Clin. 1996; 12: Independence Square West, Curtis Center, Ste 300, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3399. W B Saunders Co. 15.

Abstract: This article familiarizes the reader with the contributions of a hospital chaplain regarding spiritual and ethical issues in the intensive care unit. The unique training and perspective of the hospital chaplain are reviewed to explain how the chaplain and the parish minister compare. Cases are presented to illustrate how the chaplain functions, and specific topics of concern that relate bioethical issues with spiritual issues, such as organ donation, are addressed. Faith in ''miracles'' is discussed within a framework for interpreting religious ideation, particularly when belief prolongs death.

Note: Article JT Wagner, Univ Florida, Shands Hosp, Patient & Family Resources, POB 1003006, Gainesville, FL 32610 USA

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