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A Dictionary of Patients' Spiritual & Cultural Values for Health Care Professionals

Primary Author: HealthCare Chaplaincy

This is "a guide that is meant to describe beliefs and practices generally found within a particular cultural or religious group." The purpose is to help healthcare providers meet the Joint Commission's requirement for addressing and maintaining patient rights for their cultural, religious, spiritual, and personal values, and religious and other spiritual practices to be accommodated. Sections include:

Western Religions: Comparison of Jewish, Christian and Muslim Traditions; Judaism; Christianity; Christian Science; Eastern Orthodox; Jehovah's Witness; Mormonism; Protestantism; Roman Catholicism; Seventh-day Adventism; Islam (Muslim); Sunni vs. Shiite

Eastern Religions: Buddhism; Hinduism; Sikhism

Other Religions: Baha'i; Native American; Rastafarian Movement; Santeria; Voodoo; Wicca

Major American Cultures: African-American/Black Culture; Hispanic-American Culture; Native American Culture

African Cultures: Somali-American Culture; Caribbean Cultures; Cuban-American Culture; Haitian-American Culture; Jamaican-American Culture

Middle East/South Asian Cultures: Arab-American Culture; East Indian-American Culture; Iranian-American Culture

East Asian Cultures: Chinese-American Culture; Filipino-American Culture; Japanese-American Culture; Korean-American Culture; Vietnamese-American Culture

Euro-Asian Cultures: Gypsy/Roma Culture; Russian-American Culture

Date Last Modified 09/01/2009 Manual/guide, Report/Document/Book chapter

A Multi-Faith Resource for Healthcare Staff

Primary Author: NHS Education for Scotland

Guide developed to provide healthcare workers with knowledge, awareness, and sensitivity to the needs of the diverse faith and belief groups they may encounter in their every day work. For each faith tradition or cultural group included information is provided on: attitudes to healthcare staff and illness; religious practices; diet; fasting; washing and toilet; ideas of modesty and dress; death customs; birth customs; family planning; and blood transfusions, transplants and organ donation.

Date Last Modified 11/28/2006 Manual/guide

Eye on Religion: The Baha'i Faith

Primary Author: Atoosa Kourosh, University of Utah, Redwood University Health Center

Article from the Southern Medical Journal (Volume 100, Number 4) describing the central teachings of the Baha'i faith and Baha'i beliefs about health and healing, including life after death, abortion, and organ donation and end-of-life issues.

Date Last Modified 04/01/2007 Article