Providing culturally competent care to diverse patient populations has become a focal point for improving quality and engagement. In turn, increasingly diverse patient and provider populations have generated friction in the form of derogatory comments from patients directed toward their doctors, suggesting that increased discomfort can often come hand-in-hand with the opportunities increased diversity provides. Now a new survey finds that roughly 1 in every 5 physicians admit their religious beliefs make them feel unprepared to provide care for homosexual patients. The actual effect on care differed based on physicians’ religious preferences.
November 1 / Fierce Healthcare