Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 57, Issue 3, pp 1038–1051 | Cite as

Spiritist Hospital Chaplaincy in Brazil: 5 Years of Documented Experience

  • Alexandre Anefalos
  • Wilkens Aurélio Buarque e Silva
  • Renan Mercuri Pinto
  • Renée Danckwardt Ferrari
  • Aparecida de Fátima Boni
  • Cleide Borges Duarte
  • Rodrigo Ribas dos Reis
Original Paper


Spiritist Hospital Chaplaincy in Brazil has been growing significantly in recent years, with the implementation of new services through the work of Spiritist Medical Associations (SMAs) in different regions of the country. This article describes the importance of historical interconnections from the advent of spiritism in the world and its introduction in Brazil to the emergence of Spiritist Hospital Chaplaincy in our country and presents the documented experience over 5 years of spiritist chaplain care, in the period from 2012 to 2016, guided by the SMA of Piracicaba at the Unimed Hospital of Piracicaba (São Paulo). We documented 41,914 visits to 13,983 inpatients and an analysis of these records allowed us to reflect on the importance of this service and confirm its expansion and acceptance by different contemporary religious beliefs.


Hospital chaplaincy Spiritist chaplains Spiritist assistance 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

This study was approved by the Ethics and Research Committee (ERC) of the School of Dentistry of Piracicaba (in Portuguese, FOP-Unicamp) under the number CAAE 66052217.5.0000.5418. All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Declaration of Helsinki and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed Consent

This work was submitted to the standardization of the Ethics and Research Committee of the School of Dentistry of Piracicaba (São Paulo state), which was approved under the number CAAE 66052217.5.0000.5418, concerning to the exception of the use of the written informed consent term for observational, analytical or descriptive retrospective studies, where the data are analyzed anonymously and the results are presented in aggregate form, not allowing the identification of the research participants, no risk is offered to the patient and there is no experimentation with drugs or invasive procedures.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexandre Anefalos
    • 1
    • 4
  • Wilkens Aurélio Buarque e Silva
    • 2
  • Renan Mercuri Pinto
    • 3
  • Renée Danckwardt Ferrari
    • 4
  • Aparecida de Fátima Boni
    • 4
  • Cleide Borges Duarte
    • 4
  • Rodrigo Ribas dos Reis
    • 4
  1. 1.Center for Digestive Physiology of Piracicaba, Functional Diseases and Manometry of the Digestive SystemPiracicabaBrazil
  2. 2.School of Dentistry of PiracicabaUniversity of CampinasCampinasBrazil
  3. 3.LCE - ESALQ, University of São PauloPiracicabaBrazil
  4. 4.Spiritist Medical Association (SMA) of PiracicabaPiracicabaBrazil

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