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Date:12/9/2008

er and its Significance

While there seems to be some doubt among physicians regarding the validity of religious text, prayer plays a somewhat significant role in their lives. A clear majority (70%) reported that prayer is either somewhat important or very important in their personal and professional lives. And 66% of physicians indicated that they encourage their patients to pray. Nearly half of physicians (49%) reported that they pray for their patients as a whole with a slightly higher percentage (55%) claimed to pray for individual patients.

Religion and the Practice of Medicine

The majority of physicians (69%) believe that religion as a reliable and necessary guide to life. However, only 43% agreed that medical practice should be guided by religious moral teaching. The majority of physicians (71%) believe that very little or none of the outcome of medical and surgical treatment of their patients is related to forces totally outside of their control (referring to the "supernatural" or an "Act of God"). While religion plays an important role in physicians' lives overall, they seem to take a more "scientific" approach to practicing medicine.

Religious Differences

According to the results of the study, the most liberal members of their religion include Roman Catholic and Jewish physicians with 80% and 78% respectively claiming to be liberal members of their religion rather than literal believers. In contrast, the religion with the most literal believers includes Protestant physicians, with 84% reporting that prayer was either somewhat or very important in their personal and professional life closely followed by 80% of Roman Catholics.

A much smaller percentage of Jewish physicians (60%) reported that prayer was either somewhat or very important in their lives. An overwhelming majority of Roman Catholic and Protestant physicians (88%) believe that mir
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