Utilization of Hospital-Based Chaplain Services Among Newly Diagnosed Male Veterans Affairs Colorectal Cancer Patients

Leah L. Zullig, George L. Jackson, Dawn Provenzale, Joan Griffin, Sean M Phelan, Jason A. Nieuwsma, Michelle van Ryn

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The aim of the study was to examine utilization of chaplain services among Veterans Affairs patients with colorectal cancer (CRC). In 2009, the Cancer Care Assessment and Responsive Evaluation Studies questionnaire was mailed to VA CRC patients diagnosed in 2008 (67 % response rate). Multivariable logistic regression examined factors associated with chaplain utilization. Of 918 male respondents, 36 % reported utilizing chaplains. Chaplain services were more likely to be utilized by patients with higher pain levels (OR = 1.017; 95 % CI = 0.999-1.035), younger age (age OR = 0.979; 95 % CI = 0.964-0.996), and later cancer stage (early stage OR = 0.743; 95 % CI = 0.559-0.985). Chaplain services are most utilized by younger, sicker patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)498-510
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Religion and Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2014
Externally publishedYes



  • Cancer
  • Colorectal neoplasms
  • Hospital chaplaincy service
  • Oncology
  • Veterans health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies
  • Medicine(all)
  • Nursing(all)

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