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ETH-024: Physician Sensitivity to Patients’ Religious and Cultural Beliefs in Medical Practice

 
Physician Sensitivity to Patients’ Religious and Cultural Beliefs in Medical Practice: The Wisconsin Medical Society believes that physicians should maintain respect for their patients’ beliefs. Therefore, the Society:

  • Encourages clinicians to consider the religious and cultural orientation and beliefs of the patients, in interacting with and providing treatment.
  • Encourages that interactions with patients be handled with recognition of the patient’s vulnerability to the attitudes of the physician and respect for the patient’s autonomy.
  • Supports the position that medical recommendations that concern a patient’s beliefs should be made in a context of empathic respect for the value and meaning of those beliefs.

 
The Society also believes that physicians should not impose their own religious, anti-religious or ideological systems of beliefs on their patients, nor substitute such beliefs or ritual for accepted diagnostic concepts or therapeutic practice. (HOD, 0415)