By Susan Hollins
Overall healthiness pros supply care to sufferers of differing religions and cultures, and information in their cultural and non secular historical past, lifestyle and ideology and practices is key to supplying delicate and responsive care. This revised and up to date consultant presents sensible and accomplished info on all of the significant faiths, offering an obtainable reference for applicable each day care of sufferers in multicultural societies. Healthcare execs, together with medical professionals, nurses, midwives, healthcare assistants, physiotherapists, psychologists, health facility chaplains and administrative employees will locate it an critical prepared reference.
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Blood transfusions B aha'is have no obj ection to blood transfusions . Contraception Family planning is left to the personal conscience of the B aha'i, but the following considerations should be borne in mind. 28 Religions, culture and healthcare • • Sterilisation in either sex is strongly discouraged. In cases where a medical condition is relevant to the decision, the individual should seek qualified advice . Methods of contraception that prevent implantation of the fertilised ovum are unacceptable, as B aha'is believe that the soul comes into being at conception.
Religious obligations • • Christian S cientists may observe the main Christian festivals ( e . g . Christmas, Easter) . Patients may wish to engage in private prayer, and will welcome privacy for this. Diet Individuals make their own decisions about diet. Dress This may vary depending upon the patient's country of origin. Language Christian S cientists will reflect the diversity of their countries of origin in their language . Birth In keeping with their beliefs, women will prefer to give birth with as little medical intervention as possible, unless their safety and that of their baby is at risk.
B aha'i law prescribes that burial should take place at a distance of not more than one hour's j ourney from the place of death . Funerals are normally arranged by the family of the deceased if available, or on occasion by the Spiritual Assembly. Autopsy There are no obj ections to autopsies. Organ and tissue donation • • B aha'is may leave their bodies for scientific research. B aha'is may donate organs and/or tissue for transplantation. Religions and other faith groups 2 9 Buddhist Background and beliefs • • • • • • • • • • This is the way of life for the people who follow the teachings of Buddha .
Religions, Culture and Healthcare: a Practical Handbook for Use in Healthcare Environments, Second Edition by Susan Hollins