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Abstract

The current article addresses the application potential of an interdisciplinary team- based pastoral care model in Estonian healthcare institutions. To support the inclusion of pastoral care in Estonian healthcare institutions, the initial model of interdisciplinary team-based pastoral care was created as a theoretical construction. The current article deals with the model applicability and aims to adjust the model to be adaptable to different healthcare institutions in Estonia. To inform the model adjustments, a qualitative research was conducted in three Estonian hospitals that have included pastoral care provision in different organizational forms. The expert sample consists of pastoral caregivers of these three institutions, and the staff members who have continuously or have had an actual working contact with the pastoral caregiver of their institution.

The discussion and proposals address each of the initial theoretical model’s sections and the model adjustments are based on the insight given by the respondents. The conclusions present the adjusted model in the summarizing table.

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