Navigation Links
Doctors' Response To Patients' Religious Beliefs Can Vary

Researchers from the University of Chicago reporting in the May issue of the journal Medical Care say that nine out of ten doctors believe that it is alright to discuss religion with their patients.// However, only three out of four doctors encourage patients to speak about their beliefs and only half of them bother to query a patient about their beliefs.

Only one out of ten physicians routinely mentions his or her religious beliefs and experiences to patients. Fewer than one out of three endorses praying with patients. Four out of five say they do so "rarely or never."

But if half of physicians do not inquire about religious belief, the other half do. Ten percent of them do so "always." And if four out of five physicians rarely or never pray with patients, one out of five do, "sometimes or often."

"We found no consensus among physicians about what is customary or appropriate," said study author Farr Curlin, M.D., assistant professor of medicine at the University of Chicago. "Despite efforts to standardize many aspects of the doctor-patient relationship," he said, "patients are likely to encounter very different approaches." These differences in attitude and behavior closely reflect physicians' personal religious and spiritual characteristics, the study found. "The close ties between belief and behavior," Curlin said, "suggests that physicians are unlikely to reach agreement any time soon about what is suitable."

The researchers surveyed 2,000 practicing U.S. physicians from all specialties about their own attitudes and how they affected the clinical encounter. They asked physicians about their religious traditions, the extent to which they try to live out the teachings of those traditions, and about barriers that might hinder discussion of religious or spiritual topics with patients. .

Of the 1,144 responding physicians, 18 percent described themselves as being neither religious nor spiritual, and 17 percent iden tified themselves as being both highly religious and highly spiritual. Thirty-nine percent of the physicians were Protestants, 22 percent Catholics, 16 percent Jewish, 13 percent other religion, and 11 percent reported no religion.

Physicians who said they were highly religious and spiritual differed from less religious and spiritual doctors on every attitude and behavior. Seventy-six percent of the most religious doctors ask about their patients' beliefs compared to 23 percent of minimally religious physicians. Seventy-six percent of highly religious doctors pray with patients compared to 30 percent of less religious physicians.

Although the level of religious commitment was more important than the particular religious tradition, Protestants were the most likely to inquire about a patient's beliefs and the most likely to pray with patients. For patients, religion often comes to the fore during an illness. Some doctors have argued that physicians should honor those feelings as a part of patient-centered care, maintaining that such discussions, and even prayer, can be attentive and comforting. Thirty-eight percent of those surveyed thought doctors spent too little time addressing spiritual needs.

Others see it as a violation of boundaries. Because religion, like politics, can be divisive, many insist that physicians should avoid such topics. Nevertheless, only one percent of doctors thought they spent too much time in such discussions.

A previous study by Curlin's team found that physicians were more religious than expected. Seventy-six percent of doctors believe in God, 59 percent believe in some sort of afterlife, and 55 percent say their religious beliefs influence how they practice medicine. Most doctors, though, were hesitant to "apply their religious beliefs to other areas of life," the researchers found. Sixty-one percent said say they "try to make sense" of a difficult situation and "decide what to do without relyin g on God," versus only 29 percent of the general population.

"What this survey told us," said Curlin, "is that we don't entirely agree." Perhaps that is OK, he suggests, presenting patients with options. But other than by word of mouth, patients would have no way of choosing physicians who shared their beliefs. Discussions of the appropriateness of such matters in the clinical encounter, the study's authors conclude, "will need to grapple with these deeply rooted differences among physicians." Source: Eurekalert
'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Doctors decisions are affected by fear of lawsuits- says a study
2. Doctors Bid to End Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace
3. Supreme Court Notice to Centre, MCI on Doctors Strike
4. BMA Criticises Government Bid to Claw Back Doctors Pay
5. Response to chemotherapy could be measured by Prostate-Specific Antigen Doubling Time
6. Increasing Insulin Response In Type 2 Diabetics With New Protein Mixture
7. Reflecting On Personal Values Can Lower Stress Responses
8. Chromosome Ends Trigger DNA Damage Response For Telomere Protection
9. Good Response from Pregnant Women in Delhi for Free ART Therapy
10. Immune Response Of Human Beings Can Be Re-energized
11. Inhospitable Response Curtail Growth Of Specialty Hospitals: United States
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:1/17/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Anesthesia Progress – Everyone wants less pain during ... option for each patient. Dentists have several general anesthesia alternatives and finding the right ... the Tokyo Dental College in Tokyo, Japan wanted to find out which anesthetic was ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... ... , ... For breast cancer clinicians and researchers who were unable to attend ... intimate review and analysis of its highlights, a novel half-day, complimentary meeting—the 14th Annual ... on February 4, 2017 in Chicago. Chaired by Kathy S. Albain, MD, FACP, FASCO ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... January 17, 2017 , ... SunView Software’s ... Award for Innovation of the Year. , Each year, Pink Elephant recognizes ... an innovative approach to address a specific business problem or opportunity. The award highlights ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... Chapel, Florida (PRWEB) , ... January 17, 2017 ... ... Connected City, a new 21st century approach to infusing high speed technology into ... an area exclusively dedicated to the advancement of healthcare and wellness in a ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... ... January 17, 2017 , ... Medic-CE ... EMS and firefighting professionals, has released four new continuing education courses as part ... taught live in an online classroom and meet the requirements of the National ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/18/2017)... Jan. 18, 2017  Kratom leaves, from a ... are often used to prepare tea-like beverages and ... million Americans annually to increase alertness, enhance well-being ... for minor aches and pains. PinneyAssociates, review of ... to assist FDA and DEA in determining the ...
(Date:1/18/2017)... SAN DIEGO , Jan. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... and innovative products to treat a variety of ... its lead compound DMT210, in a Phase 2 ... specifically developed to downregulate the proinflammatory cytokines in ... seen in acne rosacea. This ...
(Date:1/18/2017)... , Suiza, 18 de enero de 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... líderes lanzaron Access Accelerated, una iniciativa global para avanzar ... (NCD) y atención en países de renta baja y ... han alcanzado un punto de crisis, particularmente en países ... el 80 por ciento de las muertes relacionadas con ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: