Religious doctors found less likely to press end-of-life discussions
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.