Rest days are lived for a large part of the population thanks to Easter and it is the perfect pretext for analyzing a relationship that is always criticized. This is about consists of doctors and religion as both are based on ideas that often contradict each other. Although that does not mean they are enemies because they can coincide at some point and even complement each other.
Traditionally, it is said that Medicine and religion have been enemies since the beginning of time. All due to different ways of understanding each other’s life. While one is based on science, the other maintains an attachment to the sacred. Although in the end, this type of obstacle is not necessarily opposed because both can be practiced.
Becoming a health professional does not necessarily prevent you from practicing any religion. You can have both beliefs even though to some it may seem like a contradiction. In this regard, several years ago the Medscape platform conducted an interesting study. More than a thousand doctors from Western countries such as Spain, England, and the United States participate in work focused on spiritual beliefs. What was obtained was nine percent who claimed to believe in God.
Interestingly, 63 percent said having religious beliefs helped combat work stress. Similarly, it is explained that it does not necessarily refer to believing in a miracle or a higher being but simply believing in something. This is especially interesting given the high levels of mental fatigue and anxiety prevalent in the profession.
For their part, 49 percent said they have religious or spiritual beliefs. In contrast, 39 percent said they did not have one in particular. While the rest chose not to answer the question.
Respect everyone’s way of thinking
In the end, despite the stark differences between science and religion, every healthcare professional is free to choose what they want. In the same way, as a doctor, you must adhere to the basic principle of offering services to every patient equally, regardless of their way of thinking or that there are incompatible ideas. The desire to serve and help must outweigh any difference.
There is no denying that on some issues like abortion or the right to a dignified death there are different points of view; however, it should also be emphasized that despite having different ways of thinking, in a civilized society, everyone should have their own place.
And in your case as a health professional, what do you think about the relationship between doctors and religion?
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