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Am J Health Behav. 2006 Jan-Feb;30(1):85-91.

Does religion influence patient satisfaction?

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Sinai Urban Health Institute, Mt. Sinai Hospital, Chicago, IL 60608, USA. benmau@sinai.org

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To determine if patient satisfaction varies by level of individual religiosity.

METHODS:

Data from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), a nationally representative sample of older adults in the United States, were used to assess the relationship between religious salience (importance) and patients' satisfaction with their health care encounters.

RESULTS:

Higher levels of religious salience are significantly related to being very satisfied with one's health care, even after demographic, social, and health variables are taken into account.

CONCLUSIONS:

Researchers, practitioners, and administrators should be aware that religion may significantly influence how patients rate their health care experiences.

PMID:
16430323
DOI:
10.5555/ajhb.2006.30.1.85
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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