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Learning and Teaching Evidence-Based Chaplaincy

Monday, May 6
3:05 PM - 3:20 PM
Room: Columbus CD (East Tower, Ballroom/Gold Level)

Background : Our library has been serving chaplains for several years however in 2017, I became a faculty mentor to the new chaplain residents at our hospital to teach evidence-based practice and to introduce clinical research methodology as part of a funded project pilot for the chaplain residency.
Description : Prior to becoming a librarian, I was a social sciences researcher and program evaluator conducting research and evaluating community health programs locally, nationally and internationally. For these reasons, and my role in teaching evidence-based practice in other capacities in the hospital, I was invited to be a faculty mentor for the chaplain residency program.

I developed tailored curriculum in collaboration with the chaplain residency program manager for the 2017-2018 chaplain residents and followed them through their EBP and research activities throughout the year. I also graded their final capstone project, development of annotated bibliographies focused on resident PICO questions and topics of interest in clinical chaplaincy.

I will describe the curriculum that we developed, insights and feedback from the chaplain residents of the implementation of the curriculum and instruction and recommendations for librarians considering offering liaison services to chaplaincy residents.
Conclusion : 1. Post-residency evaluation survey data about the EBP and clinical research curriculum and library instruction.
2. Self-evaluation of librarian knowledge and skills needed to serve chaplain residents.
3. Best practices for serving chaplain residents in a large, hospital setting.

Kerry Dhakal, MA

Assistant Professor/Research and Education Librarian
The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH


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