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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 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

Bioethics for clinicians: Protestant bioethics

Primary Author: Merril Pauls, Department of Emergency Medicine, Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre

Article from the CMAJ (the Canadian Medical Association) that provides an overview of common Protestant beliefs and highlights concepts that are particularly relevant to bioethics. Contains a few example cases.

Date Last Modified 02/05/2002 Article, Case example/study

Elder Abuse and Neglect: Clergy Awareness, Knowledge, Intervention Preferences, and Perceived Severity

Primary Author: John D. Rudnick, Jr., Thomas More College

Because elder abuse victims, abusers, and stakeholders often seek help from trusted faith-based entities, clergy need to be adequately prepared with appropriate intervention responses, concept awareness and knowledge concerning elder abuse and neglect as an emerging health and social crisis (University of Kentucky, 2007). This presentation is based on a study that explored issues related to the general research question: "What is the perceived level of elder abuse and neglect awareness, knowledge and intervention preferences among Protestant clergy in Kentucky?
Survey responses were paired to examine relationships between demographic characteristics and the facets measured--awareness, knowledge intervention preferences, and perceived severity of elder abuse and neglect. Overall, clergy were generally not aware of their responsibilities and lacked detailed knowledge about elder abuse and neglect. Recommended areas for future research linked to awareness, knowledge, intervention responses and perceived severity are provided.

Date Last Modified 04/14/2010 Lecture presentation, Case example/study

Religious Beliefs and Practices Affecting Health Care

Primary Author: University of Virginia Health System, Department of Chaplaincy Services and Pastoral Education

This booklet provides a brief overview of aspects of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism affecting health care. Print copies are available for order.

Date Last Modified 01/14/2010 Manual/guide, On-the-job tool
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