How Should Clinicians Respond to Requests from Patients to Participate in Prayer?

Please read the case study and commentary by April Christiansen and colleagues. Just as patients have religious or spiritual beliefs, so do their physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers. You know from the first article in this lesson that it is important to recognize a patient's religious or spiritual beliefs and that doing so can improve their care. But this also potentially creates very personal ethical dilemmas for clinical practitioners. After reading the case, first think about how you would navigate the situation. Then, read the commentary and compare your insights to those of the authors.