Incorporating Religion and Spirituality Into Healthcare

November 25, 2014 12:15 AM

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Religion and spirituality are an important, if often private, part of many Americans' lives. According to a poll from Pew Research Center, 65 percent of Americans identify themselves as religious and 18 percent describe themselves as spiritual. Yet, there is one place where those beliefs haven't always been completely welcome: medicine. This is actually ironic because during a medical crisis many people feel a need to connect to this part of their lives. Yet it can be difficult to find a doctor who shares concern for the role personal religious or spiritual beliefs can play in healthcare.

Part of the disconnect that exists between doctors and patients in these matters can be attributed to a traditional false dichotomy between faith and science. Many of the current generation of physicians and nurses have been trained to think of religion and science as opposites of one another. On to...

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