AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. May 2005, Volume 7, Number 05

Ethics Poll

Should Religion be an Integral Part of Medical Care?

The Ethics Poll is a snapshot of the opinions of interested readers.

Do you believe that prayer as you understand it can help in the recovery of patients who also are receiving standard medical care?
Does religion influence your choice of a physician?
Do you want your physician to ask about your spiritual life as well as your physical and mental health?
As a physician, my medical ethics are derived from my religious beliefs.
Poll results reflect the opinions of visitors to the site who voluntarily answer the poll questions. Those visitors do not represent a random sample of Virtual Mentor readers. The viewpoints expressed on this site are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the AMA.