The Effect Of Covid-19 Pandemic on Religion

Turan Y., Bostan S., Baynal F.

Ordu Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü Sosyal Bilimler Araştırmaları Dergisi, vol.12, no.1, pp.319-338, 2022 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier identifier


ObjectivesReligion and spirituality are important aspects of many physicians and patients' lives and may impact their views of death and the way they interact with terminally ill patients, specifically comfort discussing end-of-life care and death and dying. This study explores the religious and spiritual beliefs of resident physicians, if they affect interactions with their patients and if burnout impedes this interaction. MethodsA 28-item questionnaire was administered to residents and fellows at an urban academic hospital. Results65 residents and fellows answered the survey. Religiosity but not spirituality correlated with reported comfort interacting with patients dealing with death or dying. Resident specialty, biological sex and spirituality were not associated with comfort and conversations about religion and end-of-life care. The majority (60%) reported that the pandemic has not affected how they speak to their patients about death and dying. Caring for a higher volume of terminally ill patients was not associated with high levels of burnout though 71% reported increased burnout due to COVID-19. ConclusionFurther research can be done to determine whether additional training or resources should be provided to resident physicians to cope with death and dying in the setting of a pandemic.