Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 53, Issue 3, pp 917–928 | Cite as

Religious Beliefs or Physicians’ Behavior: What Makes a Patient More Prone to Accept a Physician to Address His/Her Spiritual Issues?

  • Luciana Burgugi Banin
  • Nadielle Brandani Suzart
  • Fernando Augusto Garcia Guimarães
  • Alessandra L. G. Lucchetti
  • Marcos Antonio Santos de Jesus
  • Giancarlo Lucchetti
Original Paper


The present study aims to understand the relation between religious beliefs, physicians’ behavior and patients’ opinions regarding “Spirituality, religiosity and health (S/R)” issues, and what makes a patient more prone to accept a physician to address his/her spiritual issues. A cross-sectional study was carried out in outpatients from a tertiary hospital, and a path analysis was used to examine the direct and indirect relationships between the variables. For the final analysis, 300 outpatients were evaluated. Most patients would like their doctors to address S/R issues but did not feel comfortable to ask them. In contrast, they reported most doctors have never addressed S/R issues, and they believe doctors are not prepared to address these issues. The path analysis revealed that patients’ previous experiences with their doctors may be as important as their religious/spiritual beliefs in proneness to accept a physician to address his/her spiritual issues.


Religion and medicine Spirituality Physician–patient relationship Health behavior Path analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luciana Burgugi Banin
    • 1
  • Nadielle Brandani Suzart
    • 1
  • Fernando Augusto Garcia Guimarães
    • 2
    • 3
  • Alessandra L. G. Lucchetti
    • 4
  • Marcos Antonio Santos de Jesus
    • 3
  • Giancarlo Lucchetti
    • 4
    • 5
    • 6
  1. 1.Lusíadas Medical SchoolsSantosBrazil
  2. 2.Santos Medical Spiritist AssociationSão PauloBrazil
  3. 3.Santa Cecília UniversitySantosBrazil
  4. 4.São Paulo Medical Spiritist AssociationSão PauloBrazil
  5. 5.Federal University of São PauloSão PauloBrazil
  6. 6.João Evangelista HospitalSão PauloBrazil

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