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J Pastoral Care. 1991 Fall;45(3):254-67.

Religious perspectives of doctors, nurses, patients, and families.

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Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC 27705.


Reports the results of a survey examining religious denomination, belief in a higher power, church attendance, and religious coping among physicians (N = 130), nurses (N = 39), patients (N = 77), and families (N = 60). Differences are noted and discussed. Notes that while a large proportion of patients and families found religion to be the most important factor enabling them to cope, only a small percentage of physicians felt that way. Observes that the results of this and other studies may indicate a gap in religious orientation between health care providers and patients and that such a gap could hinder the recognition of and proper care for spiritual needs in the hospital setting.

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