Religious perspectives of doctors, nurses, patients, and families.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Reports the results of a survey examining religious denomination, belief in a higher power, church attendance, and religious coping among physicians (N = 130), nurses (N = 39), patients (N = 77), and families (N = 60). Differences are noted and discussed. Notes that while a large proportion of patients and families found religion to be the most important factor enabling them to cope, only a small percentage of physicians felt that way. Observes that the results of this and other studies may indicate a gap in religious orientation between health care providers and patients and that such a gap could hinder the recognition of and proper care for spiritual needs in the hospital setting.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Koenig, HG; Bearon, LB; Hover, M; Travis, JL

Published Date

  • 1991

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 45 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 254 - 267

PubMed ID

  • 10114080

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-3409

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/002234099104500306


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States