Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 58, Issue 2, pp 628–638 | Cite as

Religiosity and Physician Lifestyle from a Family Health Strategy

  • Guilherme Ramos Sens
  • Gina Andrade AbdalaEmail author
  • Maria Dyrce Dias Meira
  • Silvana Bueno
  • Harold G. Koenig
Original Paper


This study examines the association between religiosity and physician lifestyle from a Family Health Strategy perspective. This is a cross-sectional study with 30 physicians, who completed the religiosity and lifestyle questionnaires. Among the participants, 70% (n = 21) had no “focus” on spirituality and health. The average total lifestyle score was 74.1 (SD = 8.1), but the “Physical Activity” subscale score was below average (3.4, SD = 2.37). We found eight significant correlations between religiosity and lifestyle subscales (p < 0.05). Greater religious involvement is associated with better overall and specific areas of physician lifestyle.


Spirituality Religion Integrality Health promotion Lifestyle 


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All the authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Guilherme Ramos Sens
    • 1
  • Gina Andrade Abdala
    • 1
    Email author
  • Maria Dyrce Dias Meira
    • 1
  • Silvana Bueno
    • 2
  • Harold G. Koenig
    • 3
  1. 1.Adventist University of Sao PauloSão PauloBrazil
  2. 2.SENAIJoinvilleBrazil
  3. 3.Center for Spirituality, Theology and HealthDuke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA

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