Translated Titles

Investigation of the Role and Service of Clinical Buddhist Chaplains in a Palliative Care Unit




釋滿祥(Man-Shyang Bhikkhuni);釋宗惇(Tsung-Tueng Bhikkhuni);陳慶餘(Ching-Yu Chen);邱泰源(Tai-Yuan Chiu);黃鳳英(Feng-Ying Huang);釋惠敏(Hui-Ming Bhikkhu)

Key Words

palliative medicine ; spiritual care ; clinical Buddhist chaplain ; dhamma-practice ; dying preparation



Volume or Term/Year and Month of Publication

6卷4期(2001 / 11 / 01)

Page #

1 - 12

Content Language


Chinese Abstract


English Abstract

Assisting cancer terminal patients and their families to learn how to grow up in the process of facing death in order to gain eternity and relief for both the living and dead is the most important and ultimate mission for hospice palliative care medical team. Therefore, along with the seriousness of the sickness of the patient and towards the death, the importance of spiritual care is gradually shown. According to Hospice Quality Guarantee Plan of Department of Health, there are some relevant rules of the necessity of having spiritual care professionals in the team. This retrospective study has been conducted to investigate the professional role and service by a Buddhist chaplain in the palliative care ward of National Taiwan University Hospital from May to Aug, 2001. The results were summarized as follows. Among 116 hospitalized patients, the Buddhist chaplain had contacts with totally 98 patients (84.5%). The most important service was to assist the patients and their relatives to face the death (84.4%), to support the team members (28.9%) and to provide religious ceremony consultation to the patients and the relatives (18%). Among all the Buddhist practice, the ratios of applying the recitation of Buddha's name practice(54.6%) and giving the good dharma (37.0%) are the highest. The average rates of evaluating stage in patients to learn different methodologies were: learning stage (36.6%), perceiving stage (46.2%), new born stage (10.3%), and comfort stage (6.9%). Using statistic analysis to study the relationship between the dhamma practice being applied and the preparation of death, it showed that the practice of reciting Buddha's name and giving dhamma talks were very helpful in accomplishing the patients' wills, Buddhist practice and aspiration for the next life prior to their death. This study confirmed the unique role and professional services of clinical Buddhist chaplains in Hospice Palliative Care.

Topic Category 醫藥衛生 > 預防保健與衛生學
醫藥衛生 > 社會醫學
Times Cited
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