Aphasia and Spiritual Healthcare Survey

It is well known that patients who experience significant medical illness often draw upon a variety of coping mechanisms, such as spirituality, to adjust to their new life. Laures-Gore et al., recently showed that patients with post-stroke aphasia (a language disorder affecting speaking, listening, reading, and writing) consider spirituality a positive coping mechanism and source of healing. Because spirituality plays a significant role in the aphasia recovery process, it is important to study whether spiritual healthcare providers both in and out of the healthcare system are trained to address spiritual needs in a way that patients with aphasia can comprehend and process. This study seeks to better understand whether spiritual healthcare providers are aware of and trained to communicate with patients who have aphasia.

This study is a collaboration between Georgia State University and WellStar Health System. The involved researchers are as follows:
  • Jason Lesandrini is the AVP of Ethics, Advance Care Planning, and Spiritual Health for WellStar Health System. He conducts research as well as creating and revising policy for the system.
  • Dr. Jacqueline Laures-Gore is an Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Georgia State University. She directs the Aphasia and Motor Speech Disorders Research Lab.
  • Fallon Hartman is a graduate research fellow at WellStar Health System in the Ethics Department.
  • Erica Freestone is a graduate research assistant in the Aphasia and Motor Speech Disorders Research Lab
  • Rev. Renée Lloyd Owen, M.Div., is the Executive Director of Spiritual Health for WellStar Health System. She has been a hospital chaplain for 20 years.
  • Rev. Rhonda James-Jones is the Manager of Spiritual Health at WellStar Paulding Hospital. She works with interdisciplinary teams to provide whole-person care for patients and families, department and individual staff support and oncology support group services for the community.
We invite you to participate in this research by completing a 15-minute survey.
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