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Religion: Acceptance of Drugs & Procedures Health Care Insights

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the 5th installment of Tanenbaum’s Health Care Insights series!

Today, we want to explore how religious beliefs sometimes impact a patient’s decision about whether to use particular drugs or undergo certain treatments.

  • The Scenario: A Buddhist patient refuses to use pain medication. He believes that having an unclouded state of mind at death influences one’s rebirth.
  • Click here to learn about the religious context underlying the patient’s objection, and how the hospital can respectfully manage this objection by working with the patient.

And for additional case studies from our medical school curriculum, click here.

In friendship,

Joyce S. Dubensky

PS. To learn more about the intersection(s) of religion and health care, Tanenbaum’s full Medical Manual can be purchased here. (Contact us for discounted bulk and institutional purchase rates for the eBook version.)