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Spirituality and Health Care

A Request for Prayer



Co Authors:

Martha Jane Goleman
Pediatrics
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
jane.goleman@nationwidechildrens.org

Doug M. Post
Family Medicine
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Doug.post@osumc.edu

Michael S. Langan
General Internal Medicine
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Michael.langan@osumc.edu

Allison A. Macerollo
Family Medicine
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Allison.macerollo@osumc.edu

Abstract:

In this medical ethics case, a fourth-year medical student making hospital rounds with an attending physician and several residents is asked by a family member of a patient to pray with her.  The case allows medical students to explore issues related to patients’ religious beliefs as they think through how they might respond to different expectations and requests they may receive from patients and their families in their professional career. The case is appropriate for use with medical students in all four years of training as well as interns and residents.

Objectives:
  • Understand the role that spirituality plays for both patients and physicians in a patient/family’s experience of illness.
  • Recognize the nature of conflicts that may be present among members of the healthcare team regarding the issue of praying with patients.
  • Appreciate the options and challenges when asked to pray with patients, and discuss strategies that may help resolve difficulties that may arise.
  • Appreciate cultural differences which influence spiritual beliefs and behaviors in patients and families who are dealing with loss of health.
Keywords: Patient religious beliefs; spirituality; belief; prayer; physician-patient relationship; medical ethics
Topical Area: Ethics, Social issues
Educational Level: Professional (degree program), Continuing education
Formats: PDF
Type/Method: Dilemma/Decision, Role-Play
Language: English
Subject Headings: Medicine (General)   Nursing  
Date Posted: 10/19/10
Date Modified: N/A
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