A listener asked me, “As patients, can we ask our doctors about their spiritual beliefs?”
You may feel intimidated to ask a doctor such a personal question, but I believe you should receive medical care that takes into account your social, emotional, relational, cultural, AND spiritual beliefs.
If your spiritual faith is very important to you, you may want a doctor that shares your beliefs—or at least respects them. Discussing your doctor’s faith may actually strengthen your trust and relationship with them, and that’s always a good thing.
A patient should also feel free to ask how a doctor’s beliefs and practices relate to his or her medical care. And a winning healthcare professional should be willing to let you know. I have faith in that.
Here are some of my other blogs on the topic:
- Faith and Health
- Taking a Spiritual Inventory of Your Healthcare Professional
- If religious faith is important to you, how should you take a spiritual history of your doctor?
- Spiritual talks boost hospitalized patients’ perceptions of care
- Increased spiritual support may be linked to higher quality of life in cancer patients
- Anger at God Common During Times of Crisis
- Interview: Dr. Walt Says Opportunities Abound To Bring Faith Into Medicine
Also, you might find this series of interest:
- Part 1 – What does the Bible say about health?
- Part 2 – What Value Should We Place on Our Health?
- Part 3 – Devout Faith Helps but Does Not Guarantee Good Health
- Part 4 – Can Faith be Unhealthy?
- Part 5 – What Causes Sickness?
- Part 6 – Why God’s Response Isn’t Always to Heal
- Part 7 – Not All Healing is From God
- Part 8 – Illegitimate Spiritual Practices
- Part 9 – Life Energy and Medical Magic
- Part 10 – Medical Characters Condemned for Pursuing Certain Forms of Healing
- Part 11 – Look to the Bible, Not Inner Voices, for Guidance
- Part 12 – Biblical Principles on Which to Base Medical Decisions and The Power of Faith
BTW, you can listen to the podcast of this news story here.
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