TORONTO — About one-fifth of clinicians responding to an international survey said they felt unprepared to treat gay patients and some indicated that their own religious beliefs about homosexuality affects the care they give, MedPage Today reports.
Results from the survey of more than 10,000 physicians, nurses, medical and nursing students, medical technicians, and pharmacists in some 40 countries were reported here at CHEST 2017, the annual meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians, MedPage reports.
When asked the question, “Do your beliefs about homosexuality affect the care you provide to a patient that is homosexual?” 10.3 percent of clinicians identifying as non-Christian responded that it did. More than 22 percent of Jehovah’s Witness clinicians and 16.7 percent of Hindus responded affirmatively to the question.
Just over 20 percent of non-Christian/non-Catholic providers and 16.6 percent of Christian/Catholic providers reported that they did not feel prepared to provide care to homosexual patients, MedPage reports.
The anonymous 30-question survey was distributed from July 2015 through February 2016 to clinicians in 174 different institutions.
Of around 30,000 surveys sent, a total of 10,106 were completed.
The most widely represented religion among these providers was Catholic/Christian 70.5 percent, followed by non-Catholic/Christian 27.3 percent and Islam 6 percent.