Faith Diversity Research Paper

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Running head: FAITH DIVERSITY Faith Diversity and Health Care Eliza Miller HLT-310V Grand Canyon University February 19, 2012 Faith Diversity and Health Care Often, when one thinks of the United States, we think of the freedoms that also come with citizenship, such as religious freedom. However, society over the years has allowed Americans to put others sense of values lower than their own. Society is free to practice their religion as their conscience deems fit, as long as it does not interfere with others and their well-being. Currently, in the market of health delivery there has been a growth on the influence that religion has had on services and health care systems. Today, the federal government has a…show more content…
Witnesses do refuse blood products such as red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma, or platelets. This is also to be considered when ordering medication or food. Depending on each patient’s own conscience, some blood fractions such as albumin or immunoglobulin are allowed. Healthcare providers should discuss this with each individual. Caregivers should also discuss transplant or organ donation as well, as this also varies per individual conscience. Health care providers will find Jehovah’s Witness are not there to cause conflict, but to seek out healthcare options that do not conflict with religious beliefs. Adult Jehovah’s Witnesses carry a legal document that is updated yearly. This document states the individual’s preference for which blood products if any the patient will accept. The healthcare provider should copy this and have it on record throughout the stay. Jehovah’s Witnesses do not believe in faith healing, however, prayer is often…show more content…
The holidays may have dietary restrictions for these patients. A key factor to remember is that holidays are from sundown to sundown. Patients may fast or require a special type of food during these times. Diets are often kosher in compliance with Jewish law. Hand washing should be offered prior to meals. Modesty should be taken into account. Physicians are held in high admiration as well. Family members often talk to a rabbi with concerns for life support options and end of life care. Autopsies are not to be performed on Jewish patients. Burials usually happen quickly. A family representative is present with the deceased throughout until burial recite prayers and read psalms. Often, a dismembered part will be requested for burial. Since the value of life is held with great regard, often if a lifesaving surgery or organ donation fall on the Sabbath, a Rabbi may determine the moral decision. Patients may wear yarmulkes for prayer. A request for ten people to pray in a patient’s room may be made (Ehman, 2007). Pentecostal There are a few considerations when caring for Pentecostal patients. It is important to keep in mind that these patients and family pray enthusiastically. A potential problem might be noise. This is to be considered when assigning
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