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dc.contributor.advisorHoy, William G.
dc.contributor.authorCrawford, David L.
dc.date.accessioned2016-08-08T17:15:34Z
dc.date.available2016-08-08T17:15:34Z
dc.date.copyright2016
dc.date.issued2016-08-08
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2104/9688
dc.description.abstractScientific literature has demonstrated correlations between spirituality and health outcomes at the end of life, both in relation to emotional well-being and treatment options pursued. However, the impact of pastoral visits has yet to be studied as it pertains to congregants’ medical decision-making. This thesis utilizes a Grounded Theory approach to study clerical influence through literature review and semi-structured interviews with pastors in McLennan County. Analysis revealed that pastors can in fact play a role in guiding their congregants’ medical decision-making, especially when their counsel is sought during a health crisis. Emergent themes from this study indicate that pastors may impact the healthcare model by influencing the doctor-patient relationship, improving emotional health through prayer, and providing encouragement for palliative care options such as hospice.en_US
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dc.subjectAfrican American. Clergy. Pastors. Medical Decision-Making. Spirituality. End of life. Medicine.en_US
dc.titleInvestigating the Influence of African American Clergy on Congregants' Medical Decision-Making at the End of Lifeen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
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dc.contributor.departmentUniversity Scholar.en_US
dc.contributor.schoolshonors collegeen_US


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