Wednesday, March 18

Are Religious People Scared To Die?

Check out this post from 60 Second Science about a study that found religious people are more likely to pursue intensive treatment to prolong their lives (seems counter-intuitive to me, wouldn't people who believe in an afterlife be less afraid to die - that is unless they think they're going to hell):
Terminally ill cancer patients who lean heavily on religion to deal with their disease are about three times more likely than others in their shoes to receive aggressive treatment during their final days, according to a new study.

"Patients who rely more heavily on religion to cope are more likely to receive intensive life-prolonging care at the end of life," says Andrea Phelps, a senior internal medicine resident at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Mass. and co-author of the study published online yesterday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Read more...

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