Religious Affiliation, Religiosity, and Spirituality in Pediatric Residents: Effects on Communication and Self-Efficacy with Adolescents in a Clinical Setting

Jennifer L. Woods, Devon J. Hensel

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Religion and spirituality are known influences on medical providers’ care of patients, but no studies have assessed resident beliefs related to patient perception of clinical care. The main objective of our study was to assess resident religious affiliation, religiosity, and spirituality in relation to self-efficacy and communication with patients during adolescent clinic visits. We found that religious affiliation and religiosity appear to affect patient perception of communication with residents during adolescent visits; spirituality had little noted effect. Further research is warranted, especially regarding resident and patient gender correlations and differences in religious affiliation effects on patient perception of care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)636-648
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Religion and Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2018



  • Communication
  • Religiosity
  • Religious affiliation
  • Spirituality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Religious studies

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