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Medical students urge doctors to talk to patients about faith


Patients appreciate doctors who talk about faith with them, but most doctors don't, according to two students at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in the USA.

Catholic News Service reports that Kristina Galarneau and John Paul Verderese hope to bridge a gap between medical practice and faith life through their involvement in the student chapter of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations.

Galarneau established the student chapter of Christian Medical & Dental Associations at the University of Massachusetts Medical School three years ago. She said physicians typically do not ask patients about their spiritual lives because they do not think it will affect the care they are so busy trying to give. When a physician does ask about spiritual things, she said, "the patients are astonished, but they're so happy." Verderese, from St. Joseph Parish in Auburn, ran the Christian Medical & Dental Associations student chapter last year. He said physicians think spiritual things are beyond the realm of medicine, but he and Galarneau think that attitude is changing as more research shows prayer is beneficial to a person's health.

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Medical students urge doctors to talk to patients about faith (Catholic News Service)

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31 Oct 2003