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Are Hospital Chaplains Under Stress in Hong Kong? Preliminary Results from a Pilot Study

Nethersole Institute of Continuing Holistic Health Education, Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Charity Foundation, Hong Kong, China
Religions 2019, 10(5), 325; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10050325
Received: 7 May 2019 / Accepted: 11 May 2019 / Published: 15 May 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Theology and Practical Life)
In Hong Kong, healthcare professionals are under great stress when performing their duties in public hospitals, in which patient beds are usually fully occupied, and the workload is high. Hospital chaplains are members of the healthcare team in a hospital, as well: Are they also under stress? Furthermore, is there any relationship between religious experience and stress? This study aims to provide some background information about the health status of hospital chaplains, and to explore any relationships between stress and their spiritual experiences. A total of 100 hospital chaplains were invited to participate in this cross-sectional study, and a 60% valid response rate was obtained. Participants completed the Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale 21 and the Daily Spiritual Experience Scale. The results showed that most of the hospital chaplains (78.3%) have a normal stress level, and the prevalence of mild to severe symptoms of stress is low (21.7%) when compared with the stress levels of nurses (41.1%) found in another study. However, more anxiety was expressed by younger hospital chaplains; this is common in caring professions, and they should have mentoring and support. All hospital chaplains have a higher level of spiritual experiences, which was not found to be related to stress. View Full-Text
Keywords: stress; spiritual experiences; hospital chaplains; prevalence stress; spiritual experiences; hospital chaplains; prevalence
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Luk, L.A. Are Hospital Chaplains Under Stress in Hong Kong? Preliminary Results from a Pilot Study. Religions 2019, 10, 325.

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Luk LA. Are Hospital Chaplains Under Stress in Hong Kong? Preliminary Results from a Pilot Study. Religions. 2019; 10(5):325.

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Luk, Leung A. 2019. "Are Hospital Chaplains Under Stress in Hong Kong? Preliminary Results from a Pilot Study" Religions 10, no. 5: 325.

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