Next Article in Journal
Hand Motion Detection in fNIRS Neuroimaging Data
Next Article in Special Issue
Healtheatre: Drama and Medicine in Concert
Previous Article in Journal
Disability and Psychiatric Symptoms in Men Referred for Treatment with Work-Related Problems to Primary Mental Health Care
Open AccessReview

Healthcare Engagement as a Potential Source of Psychological Distress among People without Religious Beliefs: A Systematic Review

1
Intermountain Healthcare, Logan, UT 84341, USA
2
Department of Psychiatry, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX 77030, USA
3
Department of Psychology, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH 43403, USA
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editors: Ian Walsh and Helen Noble
Healthcare 2017, 5(2), 19; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare5020019
Received: 9 March 2017 / Revised: 21 March 2017 / Accepted: 24 March 2017 / Published: 5 April 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Humanities and Healthcare)
Research into religion and mental health is increasing, but nonbelievers in terms of religion are often overlooked. Research has shown that nonbelievers experience various forms of psychological distress and that the negative perception of nonbelievers by others is a potential source of distress. This review builds on that research by identifying another potential source of psychological distress for nonbelievers: engagement with the healthcare system. Poor understanding of nonbelievers by healthcare professionals may lead to impaired communication in the healthcare setting, resulting in distress. Attempts by nonbelievers to avoid distress may result in different patterns of healthcare utilization. Awareness of these concerns may help healthcare providers to minimize distress among their nonbelieving patients. View Full-Text
Keywords: religion; atheism; agnosticism; mental health; psychological distress religion; atheism; agnosticism; mental health; psychological distress
Show Figures

Figure 1

MDPI and ACS Style

Weber, S.R.; Lomax, J.W., II; Pargament, K.I. Healthcare Engagement as a Potential Source of Psychological Distress among People without Religious Beliefs: A Systematic Review. Healthcare 2017, 5, 19.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Article Access Map by Country/Region

1
Back to TopTop