1. Will the expectation of care vary based on the faith of the patient involved?
2. How can the practitioner change care practice based on the faith of the patient? Give an example.
I will treat both questions simultaneously because they overlap so much. Expectations of patients and judgments of practitioners are really two sides of the same coin. Find the references at the bottom.
Spiritual life is essentially connected to mental health (in particular). There is a tendency for those firm in faith to have less anxiety than others.
Here's a good quote from them:
"Asking patients about experience of illness and inquiring about beliefs and practices is part of gaining insight, rather than looking only at signs, symptoms and abnormal lab results. It gives the physician insight into a patient's sources of support, areas of strength and possible sources of suffering beyond the physical." (AMA).
The point here is that a faith based support group can and does change expectations of care. It might keep physical and mental problems separated.
With a serious illness (or at the end of life), the religious beliefs of the patient become paramount. It is used to make sense out of the pain and worry, and can serve to make treatment much easier.
Nurses clearly see faith as essential in patient care (Nursing Times). A large majority of patients ...
How healthcare differs according to patient faith is determined. The practitioner change care practices based on the faith of the patient is determined.