Ariel Furlow
The Spirituality Aspect of Healthcare: A Correlation Between Science and the Believer

SchoolSolon High School


ProgramScience


MentorCharles Modlin, MD, FACS


DepartmentMinority Men’s Health Center


Research
The Spirituality Aspect of Healthcare: A Correlation Between Science and the Believer
Hypothesis
More conservative and strict religions, such as Jehovah’s Witness and Orthodox Jews, will be more likely to deny traditional, life-saving medical techniques due to their religious prohibitions.
Methodology
To test this prediction, a survey was created that would best analyze specific questions. Some of the questions asked the person if their faith influenced their desire to receive herbal medication. When analyzing the data, it was noticed that there were few patients who were extremely conservative with their religion and were comfortable with receiving traditional medication.
Outcomes
Many sources of information were utilized. The Minority Men’s Health Survey was reviewed and analyzed. There were approximately 500 surveys in which each participant was asked various questions involving their spirituality, including how their faith influenced their desire to receive herbal medicine versus traditional medicine. Post-data collection, the correlation between a patient’s religious background/beliefs and their choice of medical treatment was identified. The hypothesis was correct; there was a negative correlation between a person’s spiritual beliefs and their choice of modern medical treatment.