Interest in Spirituality and Oncology: Is It An International Phenomenon?
Few studies have explored the spiritual/religious beliefs of physicians and almost none have
been done outside of the United States until the last two years. Therefore, this is the
first study of its kind to evaluate this subject internationally.
In the next few weeks individuals will be receiving an on line survey from Survey Monkey.
The purpose of the survey is to explore the spiritual/religious beliefs of oncologists from
a world side perspective, to identify areas in which spiritual/religious beliefs may affect
medical decision making, and to explore any correlation that may exist between
spiritual/religious beliefs of oncologists and physician burn out.
The surveys will take about 30 to 40 minutes to complete. Survey results will be encrypted
even in transmission and sent to a secure server for anonymity. Even if one chooses not to
fill out the surveys investigators ask that each person complete the demographic
Without input, investigators will lose the opportunity to further an understanding of how
spirituality and religious beliefs impact patient care and physician well being.
Investigators welcome any feed back.
Observational Model: Case-Only, Time Perspective: Prospective
Survey response to assess correlations between spiritual and religious beliefs and physician burnout.
Lois M. Ramondetta, MD
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
United States: Institutional Review Board