David B. Larson
David B. Larson, M.D., was a psychiatrist trained at Duke, who founded and directed the National Institute for Healthcare Research and was a leader in the religion and health research field. He died suddenly at the young age of 54 on March 5, 2002. The David B. Larson Memorial Lecture was established in 2003 to honor Dr. Larson’s pioneering work.
David B. Larson Memorial Lecture
The 11th Annual David B. Larson Memorial Lecture will be held Thursday, March 7, 2013. The speaker will be George Fitchett, D.Min., Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of Research, Preventive Medicine, at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. For details about the location and time of the lecture contact Dr. Koenig (Harold.Koenig@duke.edu).
Developing An Evidence-based Approach to Spiritual Screening and Spiritual Assessment
Thursday, March 7, 2013
5:30PM - 6:30PM
Duke University Hospital North, Rm 2001
George Fitchett, D.Min., Ph.D.
The vast majority of healthcare chaplains endorse an evidence-based approach to their spiritual care but they have few resources to help them implement it. This is especially so for chaplains’ spiritual assessments, a central component of their clinical practice. Using data from a recent study of VA mental health chaplains, Dr. Fitchett will describe current practice in chaplains’ spiritual assessment, a model for evidence-based spiritual assessment, and the research needed to develop that model.
George Fitchett, DMin, PhD, is Professor and Director of Research in the Department of Religion, Health, and Human Values, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois where he also holds an appointment in the Department of Preventive Medicine. Dr. Fitchett is trained in both chaplaincy and epidemiology. Since 1990 he has led a program of research examining the relationships between religion and health in a variety of community and clinical populations. His book, Assessing Spiritual Needs, is a widely used text in clinical and academic training programs. He is the recipient of the Association of Professional Chaplains’ Anton Boisen Professional Service Award and a leader in transforming healthcare chaplaincy into a research-informed profession.