Most of us would imagine that our medical care, especially end-of-life care, is not subject to our physician's personal religious beliefs. A recent British survey, however, shows that this very well may be the case. Physicians in the United Kingdom were asked to identify their level of religiosity and then questioned about the kinds of care they would discuss and administer to patients at the end of life.
Those who self-identified as "extremely religious" were less likely to suggest or even discuss care that would shorten life. On the other hand, physicians who self-identified as "extremely non-religious" were found to have higher rates of not only discussion of but administration of treatments, such as deep sleep sedation, that would shorten life.