Keeping the faith

Could a health care provider's recommendations differ based on religion?

Religious OB-GYNs, especially those who are Hindu, Catholic, or Protestant, are more likely to believe that abstinence counseling works than doctors with no religious affiliation, according to a recent study. This isn’t too surprising considering that doctors are people too and carry their beliefs with them to their jobs. The study didn’t look at whether personal beliefs affect the care doctors give, but it’s a good reminder that, if you and your doctor don’t see eye to eye on counseling or any other issue, you can always choose another provider to get the care you need.

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