Spiritual Beliefs Part of Health Care for Some

"Less than 10 percent of doctors do this in an regular way, even with dying patients, and that's because most haven't been trained," Koenig said.

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To learn more about how spirituality might affect your health and why it's important for your doctor to know your feelings, visit the American Academy of Family Physicians' FamilyDoctor Web site.

SOURCES: Gina Magyar-Russell, Ph.D., instructor and clinical psychologist, department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore; Harold G. Koenig, M.D., professor, psychiatry and behavioral sciences, associate professor, medicine, Duke University Medical Center, and co-director, Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health at Duke, Durham, N.C.; September 2008, Archives of Ophthalmology

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