The Church and Academia Model -- A Pilot Project
Rev. Dr. Marta Illueca, The Episcopal Church in Delaware/Brandywine Collaborative Ministries; Benjamin Doolittle, MD, Yale University SOM; Samantha Meints, PhD, Brigham & Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School; Megan Miller, Post Doctoral Fellow, Pediatric Pain Management, Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis; Dikachi Osaji, Graduate Research Assistant, Boston University
We describe a novel Church and Academia research model with the successful coming together of both sides of an emerging equation in healthcare, with the implementation of an academic study. The project describes the successful creation and validation of a novel psychometric instrument to measure the prayer content types used by chronic pain patients which contrasting clinical effects the authors had previously reported in the medical and psychological literature. This is a template for research on the intersection of healthcare & spirituality and the byproducts of this work directly provide a tangible example of bringing the sacred to the care of the sick.