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A chaplain prays for a COVID-19 patient in Los Angeles while on a video call with the patient’s daughter in November 2020. AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

How the role and visibility of chaplains changed over the past century

Chaplaincy emerged as a professional field in the mid-20th century. In the years since, their roles have evolved and they have also come to include many diverse religious traditions.
Family members often take on the burden of preparing and delivering meals to their relatives. SoumenNath/E+ via Getty Images

What’s on the menu matters in health care for diverse patients

Some older patients forego the food provided at their health care facility because it isn’t aligned with their religious and cultural preferences.
A new rule is intended to let patients comparison shop for hospital services. Black Lollipop/iStock via Getty Images

How to make comparing prices of an MRI or colonoscopy as easy as shopping for a new laptop

Health researchers hope a new regulation requiring hospitals to post their prices will tame soaring health care costs, but compliance and standardization are hurdles.

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