5 Dec, 13 | by BMJ
Faith and healthcare do not comfortable bedfellows make. The majority of coverage of their convergence is around the tensions and conflict they can cause.
Here in the US, the battleground of contraception coverage is being publicly and aggressively fought between the government and Catholic Church. The BMJ last week published a personal view from an anonymous doctor who described the professional and personal conflict she faced from her desire not to carry out an abortion on religious grounds. One doesn’t have to look far for newspaper articles about doctors who are censured for bringing their faith to their workplace.
And yet there is an essentially spiritual element to much healthcare, particularly in end-of-life care, which is central to the experience of those patients of all religions and none. more…