Kansas physician assistants' attitudes and beliefs regarding spirituality and religiosity in patient care

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2013-09
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Berg, Gina M.
Crowe, Robin E.
Budke, Ginny
Norman, Jennifer L.
Swick, Valerie M.
Nyberg, Sue M.
Lee, Felecia A.
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Berg, Gina M.; Crowe, Robin E.; Budke, Ginny; Norman, Jennifer L.; Swick, Valerie M.; Nyberg, Sue; Lee, Felecia. 2013. Kansas physician assistants' attitudes and beliefs regarding spirituality and religiosity in patient care. Journal of Religion and Health, v.52:no.3:pp.864-876

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Research indicates patients want to discuss spirituality/religious (S/R) beliefs with their healthcare provider. This was a cross-sectional study of Kansas physician assistants (PA) regarding S/R in patient care. Surveys included questions about personal S/R beliefs and attitudes about S/R in patient care. Self-reported religious respondents agreed (92%) they should be aware of patient S/R; 82% agreed they should address it. Agreement with incorporating S/R increased significantly based on patient acuity. This research indicates Kansas PAs' personal S/R beliefs influence their attitudes toward awareness and addressing patient S/R.

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