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Research Letter
March 19, 2019

Disclosure of Religious Identity and Health Care Practices on Catholic Hospital Websites

Author Affiliations
  • 1University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora
  • 2Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora
JAMA. 2019;321(11):1103-1104. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.0133

In 2016, 14.5% of US hospitals were Catholic hospitals, and between 2001 and 2011, the number of Catholic hospitals increased by 16% compared with a 6% decrease for all hospitals.1 The US Conference of Catholic Bishops expects health care facilities affiliated with the Catholic church to abide by the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services (hereafter referred to as the directives).1 The directives interpret medical care based on the church’s moral teachings and limit aspects of reproductive and end-of-life care based on concern for human dignity as defined by the Catholic church.1