Author Affiliation: Dr Koenig is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Associate Professor of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center, VA Medical Center, Durham, NC.
Clinical Crossroads Section Editor: Margaret
A. Winker, MD, Deputy Editor.
Dr Burns: Mrs A is an 83-year-old woman who
has multiple medical problems and, despite numerous medical interventions,
chronic progressive pain and weakness. She feels that her faith offers the
most help for coping with her illness. She lives in a senior residence near
Boston and has 3 daughters, 2 sons, and many grandchildren. Mrs A attends
church regularly and has a strong social support network through church. She
has Medicare insurance, and her primary physician is Dr M, who practices at
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Koenig HG. An 83-Year-Old Woman With Chronic Illness and Strong Religious Beliefs. JAMA. 2002;288(4):487-493. doi:10.1001/jama.288.4.487