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Physicians More Willing to Administer Futile Treatment Requests when Based on Religion

The June 2016 issue of the Journal of Pain & Symptom Management includes “U.S. Physicians’ Opinions About Accommodating Religiously   Based Requests  for  Continued  Life-Sustaining Treatment.”

The authors report survey results showing that physicians appear to give more deference to requests that are linked in a clear way to religious commitments.

In contrast, physicians give less deference to expectations for a miracle.  While religious claims fall outside physician expertise, hope  for miracles seem more arbitrary and idiosyncratic and counterclaim physician medical authority.

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