Religious Doctors Don’t Go in for Treatment Options that Kill Their Patients

ReligiousAccording to a study published in the Journal of Medical Ethics, doctors who have strong faith in religion generally don’t talk to their patients about those medications or treatments that can shorten the patients’ life, for example recommending potent pain killers.

For the study, as many as 4,000 UK doctors were interviewed and it was discovered that those doctors who had ‘stronger religious faith’ didn’t like to discuss those treatment options which could lead to death of critically ill patients.

This survey included doctors who were working in different areas of medical science, such as neurology, elderly care, palliative care, intensive care, and general practice physicians.

They were asked about their religious faiths and beliefs. They were also interviewed about the decision they took for the treatment of their last patient who died of any serious illness.

These doctors also discouraged the idea of keeping seriously ill patients under deep sedation or go in for mercy killing.

On the other hand, those medical experts who were not at all religious were found to support doctor-assisted euthanasia process and treating incurably ill patients with powerful pain medicines.

These findings indicate that the religious attitude of doctors defines the line of treatment they would opt for their patients.