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The role of doctors' religious faith and ethnicity in taking ethically controversial decisions during end-of-life care
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    Religious Discourse

    Dear Editor,

    I read Dr. Seale's article with interest, but am concerned that his findings may not represent the actual activity of the medical profession, whatever their beliefs. The questionnaire asked doctors to state their religion, then how religious they were. They were then asked to recall the last patient who died and to answer questions about "ethically controversial decisions". Isn't it possible (or...

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    Doctors in dilemma

    Dear Editor,

    I read with interest the findings from Professor Seale's study and listened to the discussion with the author on Radio4's Today programme on the 26 August 2010.

    I commend the author's conclusions that "Greater acknowledgment of the relationship of doctors' values with clinical decision-making is advocated". The study opens up a wider debate about the relationship of both doctors' and nurs...

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    Religion and discussion of end of life care: The hunt for the hidden confounder must begin

    Dear Editor,

    I would first like to congratulate Dr. Seale for producing a thought- provoking piece of research that has captured the imagination of the nation's media. I would also like to point out an interesting discordance that I have noted with regard to the findings of this important research, which ought to stimulate further discussion.

    Although religious doctors were significantly less likely tha...

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