Do Religious Physicians Disproportionately Care for the Underserved?

Source: Farr A. Curlin, MD, Lydia S. Dugdale, MD, John D. Lantos, MD, and Marshall H. Chin, MD, MPH, Annals of Family Medicine, Vol. 5 no. 4, July/August 2007

Religious traditions call their members to care for the poor and marginalized, yet no study has examined whether physicians’ religious characteristics are associated with practice among the underserved. This study examines whether physicians’ self-reported religious characteristics and sense of calling in their work are associated with practice among the underserved. This study entailed a cross-sectional survey by mail of a stratified random sample of 2,000 practicing US physicians from all specialties.

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