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Promoting Compliance When Faith Gets in the Way

Haynes, Barbara Lodge

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000363
Feature: CE Connection: parish nursing

ABSTRACT: Sixty-six percent of U.S. Christians report they believe God can heal supernaturally, 68% have prayed for someone to be healed supernaturally by God, and 27% state they have experienced a miraculous physical healing. Christians who hold such beliefs may struggle with seeking and adhering to a prescribed healthcare regimen, as well as experience shame. A health education seminar assisting congregants to view healthcare as compatible with faith was implemented and evaluated in a Christian faith community.

Barbara Lodge Haynes, MSN, RN, is an assistant professor of nursing at Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Missouri, and has served for the last 15 years as a faith community nurse.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

Accepted by peer-review 10/29/2015.

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