Characteristics of Religious and Spiritual Beliefs of Danish Physicians: And Likelihood of Addressing Religious and Spiritual Issues with Patients

Christian Balslev van Randwijk*, Tobias Opsahl, Elisabeth Assing Hvidt, Alex Kappel Kørup, Lars Bjerrum, Karsten Flemming Thomsen, Niels Christian Hvidt

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Abstract

This study investigated the association between physicians’ R/S characteristics and frequency of addressing patients’ R/S issues. Information was obtained through a questionnaire mailed to 1485 Danish physicians (response rate 63%) (42% female). We found significant associations between physicians’ personal R/S and the frequency of addressing R/S issues. Moreover, we identified significant gender differences in most R/S characteristics. However, no differences in frequency of addressing R/S issues were identified across gender. This raises some questions regarding the effects of gender on associations between R/S characteristics and frequency of addressing R/S issues.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Religion and Health
Volume58
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)333–342
ISSN0022-4197
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2019

Keywords

  • Gender
  • Physician
  • Religion
  • Secular society
  • Spirituality

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