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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

A Time for Listening and Caring Spirituality and the Care of the Chronically Ill and Dying

Primary Author: Christina M. Puchalski, GWish: The George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health

A thoughtful, informative, and practical guide for anyone involved in caring for the seriously and chronically ill or dying. This book covers how spiritual care can be integrated into traditional caregiving. Part one discusses aspects of spirituality, such as presence, ethics, and relationships. Part two delves into a number of specific religious and theological traditions. Part three offers practical applications and tools, including storytelling, psychotherapy, dance, music, and the arts. Part four focuses on patients' stories and reflections.

Date Last Modified 06/01/2006 Book

Eye on Religion: Buddhism

Primary Author: Ronald Y. Nakasone, Graduate Theological Union, Berkley, CA

Article from the Southern Medical Journal (Volume 100, Number 6) describing Buddhist medical theory and caregiving.

Date Last Modified 06/01/2007 Article

Eye on Religion: Understanding the Cultural/Religious Melange in Treating Japanese Patients

Primary Author: Cindy Visscher, Western Michigan University

Article from the Southern Medical Journal (Volume 99, Number 12) discussing how regard for family and ancestors; concepts of a vital life force and pollution; diffuse location of self and personhood in relation to the body and the social structure; and karma, life, and death as a process rather than a set of events are a part of Japanese experience of health care.

Date Last Modified 12/01/2006 Article
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