August 21, 2008
Trauma Pros, Public Differ on Miracles
Trauma care professionals and patients differ regarding patients' care rights and divine intervention in recovery from an injury, U.S. researchers said.
While 61.3 percent of the public said they believed a person in a persistent vegetative state could be saved by a miracle, 20.2 percent of the trauma professionals believed that. More than half of the public -- 57.4 percent -- felt divine intervention could save a person when physicians have said treatment is futile versus 19.5 percent of the trauma professionals. Seventy-two percent of the professionals versus 44.3 percent of the public believe trauma patients have a right to demand care not ordered by a physician.
Both surveys were conducted in 2005, and the findings were published in the August issue of the Archives of Surgery.