- Paperback: 328 pages
- Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; 1 edition (January 16, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0226922111
- ISBN-13: 978-0226922119
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
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Paging God: Religion in the Halls of Medicine 1st Edition
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Cadge moves beyond the most common research involving patient outcomes to explore "how religion and spirituality are actually present in the day-to-day workings of health-care organizations" (p.6). Her research includes an exploration of seventeen highly ranked academic hospitals that considers how religion and spirituality are addressed in these settings. Additionally, she spent a year learning more about the chaplaincy department of one hospital. Given the complexity of legal and other issues involved in seeking patient access, she focused on the experiences through the eyes of staff, especially chaplains. While the chaplaincy programs (a traditional name no longer in use at all of the facilities she visited) and the staff (a group that often includes both students and volunteers in addition to professional chaplains) that comprise them remains the most visible conduits of religion and spirituality their limited number ensures that a great deal of religious and spiritual experience happens outside of the presence of a chaplain. Through exchanges with physicians, nurses, chaplains and other medical staff; as a result of her own personal observations; and through a detailed analysis of both, Cadge provides a look into a previously unexplored world finding that religion and spirituality are alive and very active in large secular hospitals.
While professional chaplains and those charged with providing religious and spiritual care to those in health-care settings are most likely to be attracted to Paging God, it is an insightful and important read for all who care about either healthcare or religion/spirituality.