Living on a prayer: Religious affiliation and trauma outcomes

Amal Khoury, Tolulope A. Oyetunji, Oluwaseyi Bolorunduro, Leia Harbour, Edward E. Cornwell, Suryanarayana M. Siram, Thomas Mellman, Wendy R. Greene*

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Research has shown that religious affiliation is associated with reduced all cause mortality. The aim of this study was to determine if religious affiliation predicts trauma-specific mortality and length of stay. Patients admitted to our urban Level I trauma center in 2008 were examined; the main study categorization was based on endorsement of a specific religious affiliation during a standard intake procedure. Bivariate and multivariate analysis was performed with in-hospitalmortality and length of stay as the outcomes of interest, adjusting for demographic and injury severity characteristics. A total of 2303 patients were included in the study. Forty-six per cent endorsed a religious affiliation. Patients with a religious affiliation were more likely to be female, Hispanic, and older than those who reported no affiliation (P < 0.001). There was no difference in length of hospital stay. On bivariate analysis those without religious affiliation were more likely to die (P = 0.01), but this difference disappeared after adjusting for covariates. Although we could not identify a statistical association between religious affiliation and mortality on multivariate analysis, there was an association with injury severity suggesting religious patients were less severely injured.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)66-68
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Surgeon
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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