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How do religious-based hospitals affect physician behavior? – Science Based Medicine

May 6

A new study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine aims to answer that question.  Among primary care physicians (PCPs) polled, about 43% had worked in religion-affiliated institutions.  Nearly 20% of these doctors had encountered conflicts with the institution’s religious-based policies.  Encouragingly, 86% of these doctors indicated they would refer patients to an institution where appropriate treatment was available.  Ten percent indicated that they would offer alternatives available at the religious institution, and about 4% said that they would provide the service in violation of hospital policy. (It wasn’t clear to me from my reading of the study whether this also indicated what doctors actually did, or just what they thought they would do.)

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