Publication Date

2018

Award Category

Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Abstract

This study explores the potential impact of religion on the relationship between healthcare providers and their patients. It combines literature-based research with a personal reflection upon meaningful engagements with patients that took place over a period of two years. The goal is to better define the role that religion plays in the relationships cultivated between doctors and their patients. I begin my research by documenting links between religion and medicine, dating back to ancient times. This basis underscores why the connection between religion and medicine remains relevant today. My personal reflection provides insight that ultimately contributes to the claim that religion can impact patient experiences in healthcare settings. Research on this claim is extended by reviewing literature from the perspectives of healthcare providers and patients. I use this research to provide evidence that a link between religion and medicine can benefit the experiences of both the patient and the provider. As a result, I suggest the consideration of implementing religious training for healthcare providers.

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