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  • RCGP cautiously endorses chaplains in GP practices

    annamarie's comment 06 Jul 2019 10:53am

    I work sessions in a hospice where a spiritual history and involvement of "pastoral care" is the norm. The members of our pastoral care team are diverse and make an invaluable contribution to the care of patients of all faiths and none whatever the particular personal faith of the chaplain. It makes a difference not only to comfort at the end of life but also to the experience of many physical symptoms over the now often chronic disease trajectory of cancer as well as other diseases. To ignore or scorn this aspect of our patients health and wellbeing is to fundamentally misunderstand the reality of the human experience of physical health, and therefore make us lesser doctors.