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3,244 hits 1.0 (1 vote) Share Favorite | Flag 10 years ago by spacepeanut

Would you trust your doctor if he or she stated that he or she absolutely believed in a spiritual realm?


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10 yrs ago - Wednesday 10/5/11 - 1:17:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
Honestly, the most troubling thing would be that he or she felt the need to mention it at all. If it weren't for that I would probably trust that, all other things being equal, they knew what they were doing and it didn't influence their evidence-based health care. But if a Dr. said that to me unprompted during the course of an examination I would begin to wonder. I don't think it's very professional to bring your religion into it like that and I would begin to wonder good his or her judgment was in other realms.
10 yrs ago - Wednesday 10/5/11 - 2:20:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Wednesday 10/5/11 - 1:17:36 PM catchall wrote:
Honestly, the most troubling thing would be that he or she felt the need to mention it at all.


What if spiritual books & other periphenalia was in the waiting room and the consulting room?
10 yrs ago - Wednesday 10/5/11 - 2:27:37 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Wednesday 10/5/11 - 1:17:36 PM catchall wrote:
Honestly, the most troubling thing would be that he or she felt the need to mention it at all.
On Wednesday 10/5/11 - 2:20:58 PM spacepeanut wrote:
What if spiritual books & other periphenalia was in the waiting room and the consulting room?


if someone finds that sort of thing comforting it doesn't stop them being a good doctor
10 yrs ago - Wednesday 10/5/11 - 2:29:03 PM EST (GMT-5)
I assumed a colleague was very religious because of all sorts of crosses and things around his house-turns out he didn't believe any of it but it was comforting to his seven year old daughter who was scared of ghosts!
10 yrs ago - Wednesday 10/5/11 - 2:30:09 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'm not talking specifically medical injuries. What if it was a psychologist or psychiatrist? Someone who you were going to for help on personal issues?
10 yrs ago - Wednesday 10/5/11 - 2:31:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
if someone finds that sort of thing comforting it doesn't stop them being a good doctor

Generally it says something about their belief system (your case, weirdly, excepting!)
10 yrs ago - Wednesday 10/5/11 - 2:52:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
Im not sure, I dont see how that would come up. Im also not sure how that would affect his ability to perform surgeries/ other doctor things more so than a doctor who has different beliefs.

I dont see why it would make a difference in psychiatry either. Its not like they are shoving their beliefs on you.
10 yrs ago - Wednesday 10/5/11 - 2:56:44 PM EST (GMT-5)
It would depend on what the doctor believes and says but belief in God is ok. Just dont say things like its up to God if the surgery will be successful.
10 yrs ago - Wednesday 10/5/11 - 4:05:18 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Wednesday 10/5/11 - 1:17:36 PM catchall wrote:
Honestly, the most troubling thing would be that he or she felt the need to mention it at all.

Yeah, even being a religious person myself, some people can be a bit weird and awkward when they bring up their faith. Years ago, for example, following a power outage caused by a hurricane, I asked my neighbor when he got his power back. He said, "We never lost it. Jesus loves us." That was just weird, and rather insulting, considering our power was still out.
10 yrs ago - Wednesday 10/5/11 - 5:12:51 PM EST (GMT-5)
^ Clearly, Jesus hates you, IRLI. I tend to be irritated by people who attribute chance events to divine will so readily, especially because they so rarely consider exactly what such an attribution entails.

There are certain contexts where the situation in the question may make sense. I've seen physicians offer prayer with terminally ill patients, and I really respect it in that context (even as a nontheist, I respect that can be very comforting for a religious patient). Unprompted, though, could definitely be unsettling.
10 yrs ago - Wednesday 10/5/11 - 6:07:51 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'd rather have one that thought this was the only life I had. I'd also question their ability to think rationally in all situations. But that's me. Others (as mentioned above) may find it comforting.
10 yrs ago - Wednesday 10/5/11 - 6:48:13 PM EST (GMT-5)
I've gotta mirror Catchall's opening statement, and also Glenn's statement about being a good doctor. As a believer I just struggle with folks who feel the need to bring the spiritual into every last little thing... And I'm pretty accepting of spritual encounters and phenomenon. It's just those folks that have to bring it in everywhere into everything just seem to be striving too much, and that's obnoxious.

And if I'm going to the doctor for my frequent ear infections, I don't need spiritual direction at that point. If I made friends with the doc and they mentioned that at some point, I'd be fine with it.

All about context.
10 yrs ago - Wednesday 10/5/11 - 7:47:46 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yep.
10 yrs ago - Wednesday 10/5/11 - 7:51:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
It wouldn't change my opinion of them. But why would they tell me that...
10 yrs ago - Wednesday 10/5/11 - 10:25:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes. But I hope hey would still use modern science to help me too.
10 yrs ago - Thursday 10/6/11 - 2:17:11 PM EST (GMT-5)
he's allowed to believe whatever he wants.
9 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Tuesday 2/14/12 - 12:03:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 10/6/11 - 2:17:11 PM Inquizitor wrote:
he's allowed to believe whatever he wants.

9 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 2/24/12 - 2:23:39 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Wednesday 10/5/11 - 1:17:36 PM catchall wrote:
Honestly, the most troubling thing would be that he or she felt the need to mention it at all. If it weren't for that I would probably trust that, all other things being equal, they knew what they were doing and it didn't influence their evidence-based health care. But if a Dr. said that to me unprompted during the course of an examination I would begin to wonder. I don't think it's very professional to bring your religion into it like that and I would begin to wonder good his or her judgment was in other realms.


I agree completely.



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