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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Cultural Competence in Caring for Muslim Patients

ISBN 9781137358400
Publication Date May 2014
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

To meet the care needs of today's diverse patient community, healthcare professionals must learn to care in environments comprising different worldviews, communication styles and expectations. To meet this challenge, it is essential that they operate from a solid foundation of knowledge, based on high standards for cultural competence in nursing practice.

Cultural Competence in Caring for Muslim Patients is designed for nurses and allied healthcare professionals. It offers a deeper insight into ways in which the Islamic faith is intertwined with patient care, and explores approaches with which to effectively address the varying healthcare requirements of a growing and diverse Muslim community.

Following a clear and accessible format, the book discusses key issues including:
• The identity and religious beliefs of Muslims
• The ethical dimension in caring
• Understanding the Muslim family system
• Health considerations during fasting and pilgrimage (Hajj)

What's more, case studies, activities and discussion questions throughout actively support learning and reflective practices.

This insightful guide will prove a valuable asset for any nurse or healthcare professional looking to develop their understanding of how to deliver culturally compassionate and congruent care.

G. HUSSEIN RASSOOL is Executive Director and Clinical Consultant at the Sakina Counselling Centre, and had been Professor of Addiction & Mental Health at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Senior Lecturer at the St George's University of London, UK. He is author of a number of books and peer-reviewed papers for national and international scholarly journals.

1. Muslim and the Islamic Faith: An Introduction; Rassool
2. Healing, Nursing and the Spiritual Dimension: An Islamic Perspective; Rassool
3. Caring as an Act of Spirituality; Lovering
4. Ethical Dimensions in Caring; Lovering
5. Understanding the Family System; Rassool and Sange
6. Health Behaviours in Islam; Rassool and Sange
7. Islamic Belief Affecting Healthcare; Rassool and Sange
8. The Crescent of Care: A Nursing Model to Guide the Care of Muslim Patients; Lovering
9. Health Concerns Related to Muslim Communities; Rassool
10. Fasting and Health Care; Rassool
11. Pilgrimage (Hajj) and Health Considerations; Rassool
12. Mental Health: Cultural and Religious Influences; Rassool and Gemaey
13. Addictive Behaviours: An Islamic Perspective; Rassool
14. Alcohol: The Forbidden Nectar; Rassool
15. Rites de Passage: Birth, Death and Bereavement; Majali
16. Organ Transplantation and End of Life Decisions; Rassool and Sange
17. Putting Cultural Competence All Together: Some Considerations in Caring for Muslim Patients; Rassool.


…the interactive nature of the book actively encourages the reader to develop a greater cultural, religious and spiritual awareness of the Muslim patient and families, as well as an increased self-awareness about their own culture and belief systems and how these influence their professional practice ... an informative and interactive tool for nurses that will help to promote culturally competent nursing care for Muslim patients and families.' – Avril Milne, Head of Pre-Registration Programmes, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK
'I would recommend this book to staff and students who are seeking to further their understanding of caring for Muslim patients and those seeking to challenge practice and to raise awareness of health care from different cultural perspectives.' – Dr Melrose Stewart, Lecturer, School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Birmingham, UK
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