The article makes four main points.
- Faith in a higher power can often lead to more aggressive treatment than is medically warranted, research is beginning to show.
- But the more aggressive care you get, the worse your quality of life in that last week.
- To very religious patients, avoiding pain and suffering may not be the priority.
- Some healthcare providers are now reconsidering what it means to have a "good death."
The healing arts should be about caring for a person, not just treating a body or disease. Catholics in particular have a long tradition of praying for a good death.