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Fam Med. 1992 Nov-Dec;24(8):602-6.

Religious variables are infrequently reported in clinical research.

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  • 1Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, University of Chicago.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

More than 200 published studies have found some relationship between an individual's religion and health, yet reference to religious variables rarely appears in published empirical studies.

METHODS:

We performed a manual search of all articles reporting on human subjects in the 1989 issues of seven major medical journals to record and analyze religious and other demographic variables.

RESULTS:

Only 12 of the 1,066 articles (1.1%) mentioned religion, and eight of these mentioned only denominational affiliation.

CONCLUSION:

Most clinical investigators do not report on the religious variables of their subjects and thus may be missing important correlations.

PMID:
1426729
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