Physicians’ Religious Topic Avoidance during Clinical Interactions
AbstractReligious and spiritual (R/S) conversations at the end-of-life function to help patients and their families find comfort in difficult circumstances. Physicians who feel uncertain about how to discuss topics related to religious beliefs may seek to avoid R/S conversations with their patients. This study utilized a two-group objective structured clinical examination with a standardized patient to explore differences in physicians’ use of R/S topic avoidance tactics during a clinical interaction. Results indicated that physicians used more topic avoidance tactics in response to patients’ R/S inquiries than patients’ R/S disclosures; however, the use of topic avoidance tactics did not eliminate the need to engage in patient-initiated R/S interactions. View Full-Text
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Villagran, M.M.; MacArthur, B.L.; Lee, L.E.; Ledford, C.J.W.; Canzona, M.R. Physicians’ Religious Topic Avoidance during Clinical Interactions. Behav. Sci. 2017, 7, 30.
Villagran MM, MacArthur BL, Lee LE, Ledford CJW, Canzona MR. Physicians’ Religious Topic Avoidance during Clinical Interactions. Behavioral Sciences. 2017; 7(2):30.Chicago/Turabian Style
Villagran, Melinda M.; MacArthur, Brenda L.; Lee, Lauren E.; Ledford, Christy J.W.; Canzona, Mollie R. 2017. "Physicians’ Religious Topic Avoidance during Clinical Interactions." Behav. Sci. 7, no. 2: 30.
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