Clergy Views on a Good Versus a Poor Death: Ministry to the Terminally Ill
J Palliat Med. 2015 Dec;18(12):1000-7
Clergy are often important sources of guidance for patients and family members making medical decisions at the end-of-life (EOL). Previous research revealed spiritual support by religious communities led to more aggressive care at the EOL, particularly among minority patients. Understanding this phenomenon is important to help address disparities in EOL care.
CONTEXT:Religion and spirituality play an important role in physicians' medical practice, but little research has examined their influence within the socialization of medical trainees and the hidden curriculum.