Allied Health Care and Chaplaincy: A Scoping Literature Review Report uri icon


  • Abstract: Purpose: Very few studies have been conducted describing the interactive relationship that occurs between allied health professional and chaplains. This project aims to assess this relationship and the relevance of its occurrence. Method: An exploratory scoping review was conducted with the purpose of finding key aspects of research, relevant approaches and themes pertaining to the topic of allied health care and chaplaincy. Results: Over 151 Journal articles were found, however only 10 academic papers (n=10) were considered to be of specific relevance to the topic. Conclusion: Articles noting the interactive involvement between chaplains and various allied health care professionals were not easily identifiable. The articles that were obtained focus on the role of chaplains individually and how to better improve their skill within the health care setting, along with the aim of integrating chaplains into a multidisciplinary team. However, the majority of the articles consisted of viewing spirituality in general, and the ways it assists in health (e.g., as a coping strategy). Although there was evidence within the literature that individuals within a health setting utilized or benefited from spiritual support, there was limited recognition of collaborations between chaplains and allied health care professionals. It is concluded that additional published research and resources are warranted.

publication date

  • 2017