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:11/11/2019)... ... 11, 2019 , ... As Americans celebrate Veterans Day and honor the brave ... remember that they also deserve recognition and compassionate care when dealing with an advanced ... is demonstrating its commitment to providing specialized care for Veterans who are facing ...
(Date:11/11/2019)... ... November 11, 2019 , ... ... for improved foodborne illness prevention and urges increased adoption of compliance technology in ... series of vegetable products sold to select retailers in the United States and ...
(Date:11/9/2019)... ... 08, 2019 , ... Mount Sinai Medical-Legal Partnership (MSMLP), an organization formed to ... free special education law and advocacy assistance to families and patients in need. The ... the work of contributions of Blaine (“Fin”) Fogg, who was a member of the ...
(Date:11/7/2019)... ... 07, 2019 , ... , Entomol’s safe and effective, EPA-approved all-natural insect ... a 4 and a 7 hour formulations. , “Entomol helps people live healthier lives ... Virus and Encephalitis, without exposing them to the harmful chemicals found in other repellents,” ...
(Date:11/6/2019)... ... November 06, 2019 , ... SPH Analytics , ... today that 94% of the health insurance plans receiving the highest 4.5- to ... plans, use SPH solutions according to reports recently released by the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/11/2019)... ... November 11, 2019 , ... MAPS and ... implementation of joint projects for the benefit of biomedical professionals in the ... professionals to leverage their roles in the research, development, and commercialization activities ...
(Date:11/11/2019)... ... November 11, 2019 , ... ... drug class and have a major impact in the oncology field. While ... need to be overcome. Among these, defining valuable and adapted combination protocols, ...
(Date:11/11/2019)... (PRWEB) , ... November 10, 2019 , ... ... rebranding alongside a redesign of its website , which features over 600 ... from the brand's 35+ year commitment to providing high-quality health and wellness products, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: