Does religion influence patient satisfaction?

Am J Health Behav. 2006 Jan-Feb;30(1):85-91. doi: 10.5555/ajhb.2006.30.1.85.


Objectives: To determine if patient satisfaction varies by level of individual religiosity.

Methods: Data from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), a nationally representative sample of older adults in the United States, were used to assess the relationship between religious salience (importance) and patients' satisfaction with their health care encounters.

Results: Higher levels of religious salience are significantly related to being very satisfied with one's health care, even after demographic, social, and health variables are taken into account.

Conclusions: Researchers, practitioners, and administrators should be aware that religion may significantly influence how patients rate their health care experiences.

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Aging / psychology*
  • Chronic Disease / psychology
  • Demography
  • Depression / psychology
  • Female
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Logistic Models
  • Male
  • Mental Health
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Satisfaction / ethnology
  • Patient Satisfaction / statistics & numerical data*
  • Religion and Psychology*
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • United States