A research study using WELLHEAD was given NHS ethical approval (July 2017 – June 2018). This feasibility study recruited people with aphasia (acquired language impairment) to road-test and further develop the resources, using a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods to explore whether WELLHEAD is accessible, acceptable and perceived to beneficial.

Some of the research findings were presented at the 6th European Conference on Religion Spirituality and Health and the 5th International Conference of the British Association for the Study of Spirituality, (May 2018).

A paper was accepted for the British Aphasiology Society Conference, Sheffield, (November 2018). Presentations were also made at the UK Stroke Forum (December 2020), and the International Network for the Study of Spirituality (June 2021). Abstracts may be downloaded from Katharyn Mumby’s Researchgate profile, within the spirituality and aphasia project:

link to Researchgate profile

The presentations contain updates about telehealth in the context of COVID-19, using online platforms to offer the WELLHEAD Toolkit.

Please also find the following article that provides background:

Mumby, K. J. and Grace, D. (2019). WELLHEAD: a Collaborative Approach to Spiritual Assessment and Intervention, Developed with People with Aphasia. Health and Social Care Chaplaincy, 7(2), 2016-240.

To see how WELLHEAD enables spiritual review, please download the open access article about a person with communication impairment following traumatic brain injury:

Mumby, Katharyn. 2019. A Single Case Narrative of Spirituality Following Aphasia from Traumatic Brain Injury: Findings about Forgiveness and Freedom Using WELLHEAD and SHALOM. Religions 10: 301.

Abstract and graphical abstract, with the option to download the article:

For the results of the feasibility study, see:

Mumby, K. and Roddam, H. (2020). Aphasia and Spirituality: the feasibility of assessment and intervention using WELLHEAD and SHALOM. Aphasiology. published online: 13 May 2020

free download

Research continues with several academic partners, preparing further papers. 

© Katharyn Mumby 2021

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