The Role of the Chaplain as a Member of the Renal Dialysis Kidney Transplant Team

  • Raymond B. Anderson


The purpose of this chapter is to discuss the role of the hospital chaplain in the care of the renal dialysis and kidney transplant patient. The material for this paper is primarily drawn from my experience as a member of the renal dialysis team of the New England Deaconess Hospital. The discussion of the chaplain’s role will be illustrated by a case study involving three patients, their families, and the hospital staff.


Nursing Staff Hospital Staff Religious Faith Pastoral Care Dialysis Unit 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Raymond B. Anderson
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  1. 1.Department of Pastoral CareNew England Deaconess HospitalBostonUSA

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