Chaplaincy and resuscitation Academic Article uri icon


  • This paper summarises the results of 327 Australian health care chaplains with regard to their involvement in issues concerning Not For Resuscitation (NFR)/Do Not Attempt Resuscitate (DNAR) decisions within the health care context. The findings indicate that 24% of the chaplains surveyed had provided some form of pastoral intervention directly to patients and/or their families dealing with issues concerning NFR/DNAR and that approximately 18% of chaplains had assisted clinical staff with issues concerning NFR/DNAR decisions. Differences of involvement between volunteer and staff chaplains are noted, as are the perspectives of chaplaincy informants regarding their role in relation to NFR/DNAR decisions. Some implications of this study with respect to chaplaincy training and practice are noted.

publication date

  • October 2007