Faith and Health Case Study

Abstract

In the case study of Faith and Health, we learned about the Muslim patient Abdul Hadi and the nurse Anna. We learned how because of his faith Abdul Hadi is facing challenges. We will identify the issues in this paper. We will discuss strategy to resolve the issues faced by Abdul Hadi and we will determine how the hospital can increase their cultural strategic thinking.

Keywords: stereotyping, generalization, cultural intelligence

 Using what you know about cultural intelligence, analyze the situation in terms of national, regional and individual levels.

At the national level, Germany has 3 million Muslim people per the case study. Abdul Hadi is one of the 3 million Muslims and he went through a surgery. His nurse Anna is not a Muslim and she is not familiar with Abdul Hadi’s culture. The issue here is there is the cultural difference at play at the individual level. Anna knows her job well, but she does not know much about the Islamic faith. It is not really Anna’s fault since the nation or region does not have that many Muslims, Anna might not have to care for a Muslim patient before. So she never got an opportunity to work on the cultural difference she had with an individual who follows the Islamic faith. Anna will have to develop cultural intelligence to understand Abdul Hadi, to understand his faith better. Then she will be able to serve him better.

 For each of the five behaviors and needs outlined, find a strategy, or strategies, to resolve the issues.  Utilize the basics of developing and practicing cultural strategic thinking within the Unit 2 reading.

            Let us outline the five behaviors then we will find strategies to resolve the issues.  

Abdul Hadi needs to cleanse himself before prayers, but he seeks for help from a male nurse to cleanse or bathe him

Abdul Hadi cannot have alcohol or pork, not even with medications

Abdul Hadi has dietary restrictions and he cannot have anything from the cafeteria that has pork, gelatin or lard in them.

 Hadi gets visitors, and other patients who share the room with him feels disturbed by the noise Hadi’s visitors make.

Hadi has to pray at specific times, and Anna needs to help to get up and pray, but those specific times Anna is usually assisting other patients.

             Since Anna is taking care of Abdul Hadi whose faith is not known to Anna, she needs to learn and understand why Hadi needs a man to help him cleanse, or when is the time for his prayers. And what items in the cafeteria does not have pork, gelatin or lard in them so Hadi does not have a problem. Peer learning can help her in this situation. Someone who has experience of caring for a Muslim man can be of great help to her.  Or she can try to find a mentor who can guide her on this.

            Gaining cultural knowledge would be helpful too. Hadi has a big family who visits him often. Anna needs to understand the reason. She can understand and empathize with them and politely tell the visitors not to make noise and make them aware that the other patients are getting disturbed.

            Staying positive is also very critical for Anna, as Hadi might appear to be needy or demanding. Anna should not get stressed and understand that once she understands the needs she will gain control over it.

            Being an observer is also required when Anna has an opportunity. She might be busy with work. But, observing Hadi’s family she can learn their culture and may be interacting with them she can find out their dietary preferences, so she would know what to get Hadi, that does not have pork or alcohol.

            Active listening is another strategy that will help Anna. She can understand what Hadi wants to eat or does not want to eat. And when he has to pray, or when to find a male nurse to assist him to cleanse.

 Determine how the hospital can increase their cultural strategic thinking to ensure patients are addressed with care and compassion regardless of their individual culture and beliefs.

            First of all the hospital can spread awareness. Help the nurses and doctors understand the differences people from different cultural background or faith have.

Hiring one mentor who can spread cultural knowledge can really help the hospital staff, in this case specifically the nurses.

Then, the hospital can help the nurses gain better cultural intelligence by providing training to be more observant and help them develop better active listening skills. So that the nurses can listen to patients not only from other faith, in fact, they will be able to be better effective for any patient.

One more thing, the hospital should encourage the nurses for the good work they do. The management should understand, it could be hard and demanding for those nurses too, so little appreciation and encouragement will help the nurses navigate daily work life better.

The hospital should train nurses in a way that female patients are given care by female nurses and male nurses care for men.

 Dr. Joseph Betancourt, director of multicultural education at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston cautioned that there are many variations in practice among Muslims. So healthcare providers should not generalize or make assumptions about patients’ beliefs and practices. According to him, it is helpful for doctors to know something about Muslim traditions and having a better understanding usually improves communication and may actually save time (Rabin, 2010).

There are few other examples too for this hospital – Franklin Hospital in Valley Stream on Long Island, offers patients halal food in keeping with Muslim dietary rules, The hospital might take include intake questionnaires where patients can list their religious concerns and values. The hospital can provide more modest hospital gowns or give the patients an option of wearing their own clothing (Rabin, 2010).

The hospital can hire nurses who speak Arabic and Urdu and make prayer rugs available and setting space aside for prayer rooms (Selvam, 2013).

References

Rabin, R C ( Nov, 2010). Respecting Muslim Patients’ needs. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/01/health/01patients.html Selvam, A ( July, 2013). Making room for Faith. Retrieved from http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20130727/MAGAZINE/30727997

Author: pachubabu

I love trying different cuisine, hiking, travelling and blogging about personal finance ,investing & health/fitness

7 thoughts on “Faith and Health Case Study”

  1. Greetings from Ohio! I’m bored at work so I decided to browse
    your blog on my iphone during lunch break.
    I love the knowledge you present here and can’t wait
    to take a look when I get home. I’m shocked at how quick your
    blog loaded on my phone .. I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G ..
    Anyhow, great blog!

  2. Thanks for your entire work on this site. Kim really likes setting aside time for investigations and it’s obvious why. I notice all regarding the dynamic medium you provide helpful items via your web blog and attract response from some others on the issue and my child has been studying a lot. Take pleasure in the remaining portion of the new year. You are always doing a fabulous job.

  3. My spouse and i ended up being quite peaceful that Edward could round up his studies through the precious recommendations he acquired from your very own weblog. It’s not at all simplistic to just always be giving away solutions which some other people have been selling. So we discover we have the website owner to thank for that. The specific illustrations you made, the straightforward web site menu, the friendships your site help foster – it’s got most excellent, and it’s assisting our son in addition to us reckon that this content is entertaining, which is certainly rather vital. Thanks for the whole lot!

  4. I just wanted to send a word to be able to thank you for all the superb tips and hints you are showing on this website. My prolonged internet search has at the end of the day been honored with good content to talk about with my neighbours. I would assume that many of us site visitors actually are truly lucky to dwell in a decent website with so many outstanding individuals with useful tricks. I feel somewhat fortunate to have discovered your site and look forward to plenty of more awesome times reading here. Thanks a lot once again for a lot of things.

  5. I want to show some thanks to you for bailing me out of this dilemma. As a result of surfing around through the search engines and obtaining opinions which were not powerful, I was thinking my entire life was done. Living devoid of the approaches to the problems you’ve fixed all through your entire short article is a serious case, as well as the ones that might have adversely damaged my entire career if I hadn’t come across your web site. Your own personal mastery and kindness in handling a lot of things was vital. I am not sure what I would’ve done if I hadn’t come across such a stuff like this. I can also at this time look ahead to my future. Thanks for your time very much for your expert and sensible help. I won’t be reluctant to endorse the blog to any individual who ought to have guidance on this issue.

Comments are closed.