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Study Suggests Need for Spiritual Bridge-Building between Pediatric Oncologists and Patients, Families

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Results of a new study by sociologist Elaine Howard Ecklund, Ph.D., of the University at Buffalo and researchers at Brandeis University and Harvard University suggest that pediatric oncologists -- most of whom describe themselves as "spiritual" -- might help their young patients and their families more by learning ways to engage them on a spiritual basis.

Ecklund is principal investigator for the study, "The Religious and Spiritual Beliefs and Practices of Academic Pediatric Oncologists in the United States," whose results may have implications for the education of pediatric oncologists and the spiritual care of seriously ill children and their families.

The study documents a discrepancy between the spiritual and religious beliefs of pediatric oncologists and those of the general public that may negatively influence medical care.

It was published in the most recent issue of the Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (Volume 29, Number 11, November 2007). Co-authors are Wendy Cadge, Ph.D. (Brandeis University), Elizabeth A. Gage, M.A. (University at Buffalo), and Elizabeth A. Catlin, M.D. (Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital for Children).

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Ecklund says, "Religion and spirituality are increasingly recognized as important tools in the care of seriously ill patients, and many parents, as well as young patients, draw on such resources to cope with the child's serious illness."

"We have known for some time," she says, "that to provide the best care, an assessment of the spiritual and religious perspectives of patients and families might be necessary. In fact, one study of the parents of pediatric cancer patients found that it is centrally important for doctors to understand the belief system of caregivers when designing a care plan for those patients."

Previous research also suggests that the ability of physicians to relate to such patients and families on a spiritual level has implications for both their physical and emotional healing. Cadge says studies have also shown that many patients do not feel that the medical system adequately meets their spiritual needs.

"This study sheds more light on how religion and spirituality connect to the practice of medicine," Ecklund says, "and is a first step toward addressing needs of patients and their families in this area during a profoundly threatening chapter of life.


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