oa South African Family Practice - The biopsychospiritual model : peripheralia

Volume 50, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 2078-6190
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6204



Almost all general practitioners and their patients have some form of religious belief although a few may feel it plays little part in their lives or the doctor-patient relationship. Most patients and their doctors, on the other hand, do share a common religiously based belief system which is not usually overtly referred to in a normal consultation. Most patients choose their doctor because they belong to the same community as themselves and this community usually shares the same religious belief.

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