The State of Research on Faith Community Nursing in Public Health Interventions: Results from a Systematic Review

Aaron J. Kruse-Diehr, Min Jee Lee, Judy Shackelford, Fatoumata Saidou Hangadoumbo

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Abstract

Though faith community nurses (FCNs) serve many roles in churches and communities, little is known about their roles or effectiveness in public health interventions. This systematic review summarizes the literature on recent faith community nursing interventions, examining trends, evaluating rigor, and proposing future research directions. Articles were downloaded from PubMed and CINAHL, and 24 studies were included. Interventions addressed various health outcomes. The FCNs participated in research by recruiting participants, developing study measures, and implementing programs. Results reported mainly process evaluation and provided few outcomes. Better evaluation is needed to understand the effectiveness of FCNs in public health research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1339-1374
Number of pages36
JournalJournal of Religion and Health
Volume60
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2021

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Keywords

  • Faith community nursing
  • Parish nursing
  • Public health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing
  • Religious studies

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