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
Takahashi J, Cher A, Sheeder J, Teal S, Guiahi M. Disclosure of Religious Identity and Health Care Practices on Catholic Hospital Websites. JAMA. 2019;321(11):1103–1104. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.0133
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