Measuring the impact of pastoral services on patients in a private psychiatric hospital

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Farrell, Josephine Mary, Nee, Andrew F., Francis, Karen and Reilly, Nicole. (2018) Measuring the impact of pastoral services on patients in a private psychiatric hospital. Health and Social Care Chaplaincy. 6(1), pp. 95 - 113. https://doi.org/10.1558/hscc.31831
AuthorsFarrell, Josephine Mary, Nee, Andrew F., Francis, Karen and Reilly, Nicole
Abstract

This study explores the impact of pastoral care interventions on the mental and emotional health of inpatients at a private psychiatric hospital in Sydney. A total of 99 patients completed study questionnaires over a 3-month period. Feedback for the service was overwhelmingly positive, with the vast majority of patients reporting benefits during and after their meetings, regardless of their religious beliefs. Almost 88% of patients reported a lessening of anxiety after their meetings with pastoral care practitioners, with 85% suggesting that their interactions with the pastoral team had a significant and positive impact on their mental health. These findings were contextualized further with free text responses from respondents. The study results clearly demonstrate the importance of the pastoral services interventions in mental health settings.

Keywordschaplaincy; hope: mental health; multidisciplinary team; pastoral care; positive outcomes; psychiatric hospital; reduced anxiety
Year2018
JournalHealth and Social Care Chaplaincy
Journal citation6 (1), pp. 95 - 113
PublisherEquinox Publishing Ltd
ISSN2051-5553
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1558/hscc.31831
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85059468966
Page range95 - 113
Research GroupSchool of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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