Changes in health status and frequency of attending religious services among medical inpatients with repeat admissions


Journal Article

© 2016 Taylor & Francis. Although frequent attendance at religious services is associated with healthier behaviors and improved health outcomes, this relationship is confounded to the extent that attending religious services requires and displays a certain degree of health. This study surveyed patients over multiple hospitalizations at a large urban academic medical center to test the hypothesis that changes in health status would be accompanied by parallel changes in religious attendance but not with self-rated religiosity and spirituality. Study data confirmed the hypothesis, suggesting that cross-sectional associations between religious attendance and good health outcomes reflect, to some degree, the way changes in health status impact one’s ability to attend religious services.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Chung, GS; Diaz, MJ; Arora, V; Meltzer, DO; Curlin, FA

Published Date

  • October 1, 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 28 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 349 - 358

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-8049

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1552-8030

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/15528030.2016.1158139

Citation Source

  • Scopus