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FEBRUARY 2016 Webinar - presented by LaVera Crawley, MD, MPH

How to Speed Read a Research Article: A Beginner’s Guide to Research Literacy


Program Summary

The research enterprise creates well over 1 million new articles annually. In any given health specialty profession, this could mean needing to keep up with tens of thousands of articles a year! Although the number of evidence-based chaplaincy articles published each year is still a manageable number, the task of keeping up can easily get out of hand if one adds searching the medical, nursing, social work, and other related professional literatures for studies that are relevant to providing spiritual care. What’s a chaplain to do?

This webinar is designed to provide chaplain viewers/listeners a strategy for learning how to find relevant research literature and to quickly peruse even the most complex published articles in a way that allows for a basic understanding of the purpose, methods, and findings of any study. A brief review of the basic understanding of types of research approaches will lay the groundwork for beginning inquirers. This is followed by a presentation on how to find and access research articles. Lastly, a “speed reading” method used by many physicians to keep up with the literature will be presented.

Program Objectives

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Identify the differences between types of research approaches (qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods)
  • Identify strategies for accessing research literature (introduction to literature databases and other strategies) and finding research articles relevant to chaplaincy or spiritual care (introduction to search strategies)
  • Use a method for “speed reading” research articles (understanding how research literature is structured to allow for quickly gleaning the gist of an article).

About the Presenter

LaVera Crawley joined NACC in 2011 and is an ACPE Supervisory Candidate. She has served on the NACC Research Task Force and is now on the NACC Research Advisory Panel. For more than 30 years, LaVera has had successful careers in medicine and ethics, and academic research in health disparities in end-of-life care for which she received national and international recognition. LaVera received her MD from Meharry Medical College; completed her Family Medicine residency and chief residency at USCF; her MPH from UC Berkeley; an Ethics Fellowship at Stanford; and a Palliative Care Education Fellowship at Harvard. Along with her CPE supervisory work, she also serves on the Palliative Care Team at the Alta Bates Campus. As a Catholic lay woman, LaVera is active in the social justice programs in her parish.


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Handout - how to speed read FINAL
Association of spiritual care providers activities with family members
Hope and Connection article

CEH certificate

CEH certificate (all 2016 webinars) (PDF)

Webinar recordings

February 18 webinar recording