Table 3.

What Respondents Want Physicians to Do With Spiritual/Religious Information

Percent of Patients
Reason for Wanting DiscussionYes*Total
Note: Choices are not mutually exclusive. Respondents were free to mark all that apply. Eighty-eight percent of those desiring spiritual discussion marked at least 1 item.
* Percentage of respondents among those that sometimes/always wanted to discuss spirituality with their physician.
† Percentage of all respondents including the 17 that never wanted to discuss spirituality with their physician.
So that the doctor can understand how your beliefs influence how you deal with being sick8768
So that the doctor can understand you better8565
So that the doctor would understand how you make decisions8364
So that the doctor can provide compassion, encourage realistic hope6750
So that the doctor can better advise you on how to take care of yourself when sick6649
So that the doctor would change how you are being treated Medically6245
So that the doctor can refer you to a spiritual advisor if you think you need it5134
So that the doctor would pray with you3316
Just so the doctor will listen225