AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

AMA Journal of Ethics. July 2018, Volume 20, Number 7: 607-674.

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Religion and Spirituality in Health Care Practice

Ethics Poll

Poll Question

The night before a scheduled bypass surgery, a patient asks her surgeon to pray with her. How should he respond?

Find a discussion of responses to this question in the July 2018 issue of the AMA Journal of Ethics.

Poll Question

A patient tells his physician that he doesn’t want pain medication after a cholecystectomy because “God wants [him] to be in pain.” Should the clinical team comply?

Find a discussion of this question in the July 2018 issue of the AMA Journal of Ethics.

From the Editor

Influences of Religion and Spirituality in Medicine
Danish Zaidi, MTS, MBE
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Ethics Cases

What Should Physicians and Chaplains Do When a Patient Believes God Wants Him to Suffer?
Commentary by Benjamin W. Frush, MD, MA, John Brewer Eberly Jr, MD, MA, and Farr A. Curlin, MD
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How Should Clinicians Respond to Requests from Patients to Participate in Prayer?
Commentary by April R. Christensen, MD, Tara E. Cook, MD, and Robert M. Arnold, MD
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Should Clinicians Challenge Faith-Based Institutional Values Conflicting with Their Own?
Commentary by Jane Morris, MD and Kavita Shah Arora, MD, MBE
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How Chaplains Communicate About Values in Clinical Settings: An Interview with Rabbi Susan Harris Listen

Medical Education

Fostering Discussion When Teaching Abortion and Other Morally and Spiritually Charged Topics
Louise P. King, MD, JD and Alan Penzias, MD
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Policy Forum

Best Practices for Partnering with Ethnic Minority-Serving Religious Organizations on Health Promotion and Prevention
Nadia Islam, PhD and Shilpa Patel, PhD
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Medicine and Society

Training Physicians as Healers
Aparna Sajja, MD and Christina Puchalski, MD
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Art of Medicine

Balance of Principles
Artwork and captions by Karl Lorenzen
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Healing Body and Spirit
Artwork and caption by Ariana Ellis
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Personal Narrative

Chaplains’ Roles as Mediators in Critical Clinical Decisions
Susan Harris, MHL
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