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Doctors' attentiveness to the spirituality/religion of their patients in pediatric and oncology settings in the Northwest USA.
J Health Care Chaplain 2013; 19(4):140-64JH

Abstract

Research indicates that spirituality/religion is important to many patients and they want this to be an integrated component of their care. This study's aim was to better understand doctors' attentiveness to patients'/families' spiritual/religious concerns and the contributing factors for this in the Northwest USA as well as doctor's attitudes about referrals to chaplains. Study participants included 108 pediatricians and oncologists who completed an online self-report questionnaire regarding their beliefs about the health relevance of patients' spirituality/religion and their attentiveness to this. Few doctors routinely addressed this concern. Doctors who were Christian, did not expect negative reactions to inquiring, and were knowledgeable regarding chaplains were more likely to address spirituality/religion. Doctors who felt less adequate in addressing spirituality/religion and were concerned about patients negative reactions were less likely to value referral to chaplains. On the other hand, those who had an understanding regarding chaplains were more likely to support referral.

Authors+Show Affiliations

a Seattle Cancer Care Alliance , Seattle , Washington , USA.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

24070435

Citation

King, Stephen D W., et al. "Doctors' Attentiveness to the Spirituality/religion of Their Patients in Pediatric and Oncology Settings in the Northwest USA." Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy, vol. 19, no. 4, 2013, pp. 140-64.
King SD, Dimmers MA, Langer S, et al. Doctors' attentiveness to the spirituality/religion of their patients in pediatric and oncology settings in the Northwest USA. J Health Care Chaplain. 2013;19(4):140-64.
King, S. D., Dimmers, M. A., Langer, S., & Murphy, P. E. (2013). Doctors' attentiveness to the spirituality/religion of their patients in pediatric and oncology settings in the Northwest USA. Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy, 19(4), pp. 140-64. doi:10.1080/08854726.2013.829692.
King SD, et al. Doctors' Attentiveness to the Spirituality/religion of Their Patients in Pediatric and Oncology Settings in the Northwest USA. J Health Care Chaplain. 2013;19(4):140-64. PubMed PMID: 24070435.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Doctors' attentiveness to the spirituality/religion of their patients in pediatric and oncology settings in the Northwest USA. AU - King,Stephen D W, AU - Dimmers,Martha A, AU - Langer,Shelby, AU - Murphy,Patricia E, PY - 2013/9/28/entrez PY - 2013/9/28/pubmed PY - 2013/12/18/medline SP - 140 EP - 64 JF - Journal of health care chaplaincy JO - J Health Care Chaplain VL - 19 IS - 4 N2 - Research indicates that spirituality/religion is important to many patients and they want this to be an integrated component of their care. This study's aim was to better understand doctors' attentiveness to patients'/families' spiritual/religious concerns and the contributing factors for this in the Northwest USA as well as doctor's attitudes about referrals to chaplains. Study participants included 108 pediatricians and oncologists who completed an online self-report questionnaire regarding their beliefs about the health relevance of patients' spirituality/religion and their attentiveness to this. Few doctors routinely addressed this concern. Doctors who were Christian, did not expect negative reactions to inquiring, and were knowledgeable regarding chaplains were more likely to address spirituality/religion. Doctors who felt less adequate in addressing spirituality/religion and were concerned about patients negative reactions were less likely to value referral to chaplains. On the other hand, those who had an understanding regarding chaplains were more likely to support referral. SN - 1528-6916 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/24070435/Doctors'_attentiveness_to_the_spirituality/religion_of_their_patients_in_pediatric_and_oncology_settings_in_the_Northwest_USA_ L2 - http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/08854726.2013.829692 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -