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Physicians’ Religious Topic Avoidance during Clinical Interactions

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Department of Communication Studies, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX 78666, USA
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Department of Communication, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA 22207, USA
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Department of Family Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD 20814, USA
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Department of Communication, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC 27109, USA
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Department of Social Sciences & Health Policy, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC 27109, USA
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Academic Editor: Maureen P. Keeley
Behav. Sci. 2017, 7(2), 30; https://doi.org/10.3390/bs7020030
Received: 10 March 2017 / Revised: 29 April 2017 / Accepted: 30 April 2017 / Published: 8 May 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Family Communication at the End of Life)
Religious 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
Keywords: communication; religion; clinical interactions communication; religion; clinical interactions
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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. https://doi.org/10.3390/bs7020030

AMA Style

Villagran MM, MacArthur BL, Lee LE, Ledford CJW, Canzona MR. Physicians’ Religious Topic Avoidance during Clinical Interactions. Behavioral Sciences. 2017; 7(2):30. https://doi.org/10.3390/bs7020030

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Villagran, Melinda M., Brenda L. MacArthur, Lauren E. Lee, Christy J.W. Ledford, and Mollie R. Canzona 2017. "Physicians’ Religious Topic Avoidance during Clinical Interactions" Behavioral Sciences 7, no. 2: 30. https://doi.org/10.3390/bs7020030

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