Jewish physicians' beliefs and practices regarding religion/spirituality in the clinical encounter.


Journal Article

We used data from a 2003 survey of US physicians to examine differences between Jewish and other religiously affiliated physicians on 4-D of physicians' beliefs and practices regarding religion and spirituality (R/S) in the clinical encounter. On each dimension, Jewish physicians ascribed less importance to the effect of R/S on health and a lesser role for physicians in addressing R/S issues. These effects were partially mediated by lower levels of religiosity among Jewish physicians and by differences in demographic and practice-level characteristics. The study provides a salient example of how religious affiliation can be an important independent predictor of physicians' clinically-relevant beliefs and practices.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Stern, RM; Rasinski, KA; Curlin, FA

Published Date

  • December 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 50 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 806 - 817

PubMed ID

  • 21706257

Pubmed Central ID

  • 21706257

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-6571

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10943-011-9509-1


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States