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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI)

Religion & Spirituality

Numerous religious symbols all linked togetherReligion & Spirituality generally includes a set of beliefs or practices that contributes to the diverse identity of an individual or community. The purpose of this guide is to help users become familiar with the intersection of a patient's spiritual identity and medicine. It is important to explore because it can directly effect the patient's medical decisions and desired approach to care. As a reference, the World Christian Database (2010) identifies and follows 18 major religious categories:

  • Atheists
  • Agnostics
  • Bahá'ís
  • Buddhists
  • Chinese folk-religionists
  • Christians
  • Confucianists
  • Daoists
  • Ethnoreligionists
  •  Hindus
  • Jains
  • Jews
  • Muslims
  • New Religionists
  • Shintoists
  • Sikhs
  • Spiritists
  • Zoroastrians

Resources Related to Religion & Spirituality

PubMed Search Strategies

To view the citations related to the suggested search string, click on “Current Search Results”. Search strategies are included to allow the user to set up a PubMed search alert. Users can also cut and paste the search strategy into PubMed and combine with additional search terms. 


("religion"[MeSH Terms]) OR (religion*[Title/Abstract])OR ("spirituality"[MeSH Terms])

Current PubMed Religion & Spirituality Search Results

(Note: Results may include preprints. Preprints are not peer reviewed.)