Religious doctors found less likely to press end-of-life discussions
Catholic World News - August 26, 2010
Doctors who have strong religious convictions are less likely than their colleagues to make medical decisions that will bring about the earlier death of their patients, a London University study has found.
The study also found that religious doctors are slower to begin discussing end-of-life decisions with their patients and family members.
A BBC report on the study hints at the question of whether religious doctors are being negligent by postponing a necessary discussion of end-of-life decisions. Oddly, the report does not raise that question of whether non-religious doctors are hastening their patients toward death.
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