Finding Religion at the End of Life: Patients of Faith Seek Lifesaving Care

Having entered hospice care, Ruth Holt, 81, said her faith will not motivate her to seek more aggressive treatment for her terminal colon cancer. "I think I'm more realistic than that," Holt said. "I'm a firm believer. I'm a true Presbyterian. What is to be will be." While most patients, religious or not, avoid aggressive end-of-life therapy to prolong their time on Earth, a new study shows that religious patients may seek it out at three times the rate of non-religious patients, a finding...Full Story
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