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A study done at medical facilities between 2009 and 2012 has found that health care providers discuss religious beliefs or spirituality in less than 20 percent of cases. Senior author of the study, Douglas White says for many patients and family, these issues are important and understanding them is important to delivering care that is respectful of the individual. The research showed that belief systems came up in in 40 of 249 conversations and more than half of the time it was the family or decision maker that brought up the topic rather than the doctor. White says the study suggest doctors or caregivers should start by asking questions and listening carefully. He added, “As a starting point, clinicians should focus on developing skills to understand the families’ religious or spiritual concerns.”—Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

Religion rarely part of ICU conversation, By Kathhryn Doyle, http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/08/31/us-health-religion-icu-idUSKCN0R01QH20150831, August 31, 2015.

Psalm 54:2 (HCSB) God, hear my prayer; listen to the words of my mouth.

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