Health Care Provider and Faith Diversity

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    Health Care Provider and Faith Diversity: First Draft
    Abstract: Cultural and religious values are an essential part in healthcare settings. The
    physical, mental and emotional care of individuals with a particular religious faith and
    belief is crucial in the process of healing. A main feature of religious care is to empower
    involvement in religious rite, when wished for. Healthcare providers are involved in
    implementing an appropriate environment and spiritual support for the patient and the
    family. Often we come across patients with different culture and spiritual beliefs. It is
    necessary for the medical professionals to be conscious of the different cultures and
    values to offer empathetic care towards the diverse cultured people. The thesis renders
    the difference between the three religious groups, their devotion, values and the
    relationship in the practice of healing.
    Introduction: United States, culturally and racially accepts various groups of
    immigrants from all over the world which insists medical professionals to provide high-
    quality of physical, emotional and religious care for all the people. Spirituality is defined
    as a basic aspect of the health and comfort of every individual. Although several group
    of people appreciate spirituality, they may not be adherent to a particular belief. It is
    not wise to make guesses about religions, religious performance and culture. The
    spiritual needs to be addressed by healthcare workers by utilizing information about
    particular values and spiritual compliances when caring a client and their families. The
    purpose of this paper is to discuss about the three religions, their faith and beliefs in
    healing and the health care providers responsibilities while taking care of the patients
    with different cultures (Susan, 2005).
    Hinduism: This religion is deeply concerned with maintaining mental and physical
    health. According to Hinduism, religious beliefs and health are inherently related. They
    believe in one common Supreme spirit called paramatman, known as God, which
    appears in several different forms, ways and aspects. They believe in reincarnation and
    Karma that conveys honesty or evil to individuals. Karma is the attitude of punishment
    and integrity in verifying an individual’s state of life and his rebirth as the consequence
    of his past deeds. Their spiritual perspective on healing is offering prayers, fasting,
    meditations, yoga, and Ayurvedic treatment that focus on physical, mental and
    emotional health. Hindus believe in the natural scenery such as earth, water, fire and
    atmosphere that is connected with mental physical, spiritual and emotion. A person is
    considered healthy when these elements are balanced within his life. They believe that
    physical and spiritual illness can be healed through Self-control and meditation. To lead
    a healthy life they practice Yoga a kind of exercise which helps to balance all four
    elements (Campbell, 2006).

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Although the cultural beliefs and practices might create some inconveniences for
healthcare providers, it is useful to identify how the ethnic performance can be
important to the physical condition and wellness of an individual. Female clients prefers
female healthcare professional to take care of them. Health care decisions should be
discussed with the patient’s husband or the head of the family member. They believe in
natural death (Singh, 2009).
Buddhism: This religion believes that health and healing is the responsibility of an
individual. According to Buddhist, the mind is the creator of illness and health. They
attempt to deal with pain and sickness to convey the improvement regarding their
religious development. Some considers that a mentally alert person can react to illness
more calmly. They believe that healing a illness is by identifying and treating the cause
and the root. They also believe that the mind affects both physical and the emotional
health. In this religion, the method of curing is also related with karma which means the
effects are based on one’s own actions. Buddhism emphasizes that, every consequences
that occurs is due to the past actions All the movements have actions on the mind flow
which can be positive, negative or neutral. These actions are believed that, the negative
can occur in the form of disease and the positive can occur in the form of happiness,
strength and achievement. This emphasizes stable attentiveness and awareness of all the
actions of the body, communication and feelings. As humans we can control our actions
that are caused compromising the state of our body and mind. Eternal healing takes
place only when the mental and physical conditions are maintained Campbell, 2006).
As healthcare providers, we should observe for their devotions which include prayer,
mantras, and a variety of meditation practices. Therefore it is essential for us to provide
them a quiet environment. They also believe in natural death and we have to respect
their belief (Singh, 2009).
Sikhism: This religion believes in one spirit. Their main significant aim is to find the
reality. It is thought that a spirit is being able to progress religiously through practicing
the chief beliefs whilst living a standard life. The perception of livelihood encircles to
carry out honourable, societal and principled liability for the person to develop the
truth and as well as the progression of the person’s spirit via rebirth. Their belief in
rebirth is that the personal spirit approaches and departs as per the stability of its
karmic actions, optimistic and harmful. Health and healing are directly related to
spirituality and this presents is a complex relation involving mind, body and spirit. They
believe that the human body is a shrine to render the spirit and one’s relationship with
divinity. Critical components of healing are meditation and prayers. Prayer provides
control, fearlessness, trust, and understanding and acceptance of illness. They use herbs
and other alternative therapies along with the western medicines.(Campbell, 2006).
Majority of the Sikhs wear Turbans. As a healthcare provider we have to be cautious
not to remove the turban from the head and also shave the hair which both of them are
considered as sacred. Therefore, consent must be obtained before trimming or shaving
the hair and privacy to be provided for the removal of the Turban. They seek same sex
healthcare providers. The healthcare providers should not handle their prayer books
without washing the hands and should provide privacy to offer prayers and meditation.
They should not question about the sexual issues as it is considered as confidential. They
also believe in natural death (Singh, 2009).

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Christianity: Christians believe in the Holy Trinity of one God. The effect of evil doing
on the spirit and body and on a individual’s bond with God is focused on healing. From
a Christian perspective, spiritual care deals with issues of religious and spiritual care.
They believe the grace of God can heal both body and soul. Health care professionals
are considered in the place of God in healing process. There are extremely few
limitations on health treatment for improving physical well-being, provided they do not
assist or bring injury to the client.( Singh, 2009).
The personality of Christian spirituality varies from other religious society in terms of
the prevailing mediator along with the predictable sacred issues. One way of learning
about spiritual health care is to advance medical treatment that will require acquiring
disparity in a multifaith framework. The combination and involvement of Christians
concerned with maintenance and promotion of health endeavours for exclusive results
within a multifaith framework.
Conclusion: There has been an increasing admiration of the liability of health care
professionals providing spiritual and cultural competent care. It is essential for health
care professionals to develop an internal freedom to provide spiritual care and to seek
spiritual relationship among diverse faith and cultural traditions. Healthcare
practitioners must not only identify and assess patients spiritual needs they must also
offer healing interventions. This includes consideration of patients’ spirituality when
making medical decisions. It is important to develop the trusting relationship between
the patient and the healthcare provider. It is also important for the healthcare providers
to recognize their own beliefs and values as it may help them to identify others beliefs.
Being non-judgmental has been seen as a vital to delivering spiritual care. They
advocate the need for a spiritual care. It is essential for the health care providers to be
conscious that every person is religious and may seek spiritual care sometimes in their
life.
References
Campbell, A. (2006, Dec). Spiritual care for sick children for world faiths. Pediatric
Nursing, 18(10), 22-25.
Hollins, S. (2005, Oct). Spirituality and religion: exploring the relationship. Nursing
Management, 12(6), 22-6.

Health Care Provider and Faith Diversity

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Abstract

Cultural and religious values are an essential part in healthcare settings. The physical, mental
and emotional care of individuals with a particular religious faith and belief is crucial in the
process of healing. A main feature of religious care is to empower involvement in religious
rite, when wished for. Healthcare providers are involved in implementing an appropriate
environment and spiritual support for the patient and the family. Often we come across
patients with different culture and spiritual beliefs. It is necessary for the medical
professionals to be conscious of the different cultures and values to offer empathetic care
towards the diverse cultured people. The thesis renders the difference between the three
religious groups, their devotion, values and the relationship in the practice of healing.

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Introduction

United States, culturally and racially accepts various groups of immigrants from all over the
world which insists requires medical professionals to provide high-quality of physical,
emotional and religious care for all the people. Spirituality is defined as a basic aspect of the
health and comfort of every individual. Although several group of people appreciate
spirituality, they may not be adherent to a particular belief. It is not wise to make guesses
about religions, religious performance and culture. The spiritual needs to should be addressed
by healthcare workers by utilizing information about particular values and spiritual
compliances when caring for a client and their families. The purpose of this paper is to
discuss about the three religions, their faith and beliefs in healing and the health care
providers’ responsibilities while taking care of the patients with different cultures (Susan,
2005).

Hinduism

This religion is deeply concerned with maintaining mental and physical health. According to
Hinduism, religious beliefs and health are inherently related. They believe in one common
Supreme spirit called paramatman, known as God, which appears in several different forms,
ways and aspects. They believe in reincarnation and Karma that conveys honesty or evil to
individuals. Karma is the attitude of punishment and integrity in verifying an individual’s
state of life and his rebirth as the consequence of his past deeds. Their spiritual perspective on
healing is offering prayers, fasting, meditations, yoga, and Ayurvedic treatment that focus on
physical, mental and emotional health. Hindus believe in the natural scenery such as earth,
water, fire and atmosphere that is connected with mental physical, spiritual and emotion. A
person is considered healthy when these elements are balanced within his life. They believe
that physical and spiritual illness can be healed through self-control and meditation. To lead a

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healthy life they practice Yoga a kind of exercise which helps to balance all four elements
(Campbell, 2006).
Although the cultural beliefs and practices might create some inconveniences for healthcare
providers, it is useful to identify how the ethnic performance can be important to the physical
condition and wellness of an individual. Female clients prefer female healthcare professional
to take care of them. Health care decisions should be discussed with the patient’s husband or
the head of the family member. They believe in natural death (Singh, 2009).

Buddhism

This religion believes that health and healing is the responsibility of an individual. According
to Buddhist, the mind is the creator of illness and health. They attempt to deal with pain and
sickness to convey the improvement regarding their religious development. Some considers
that a mentally alert person can react to illness more calmly. They believe that healing an
illness is by identifying and treating the cause and the root. They also believe that the mind
affects both physical and the emotional health. In this religion, the method of curing is also
related with karma which means the effects are based on one’s own actions. Buddhism
emphasizes that, every consequence that occurs is due to the past actions. All the movements
have actions on the mind flow which can be positive, negative or neutral. These actions are
believed that, the negative can occur in the form of disease and the positive can occur in the
form of happiness, strength and achievement. This emphasizes stable attentiveness and
awareness of all the actions of the body, communication and feelings. As humans we can
control our actions that have caused compromising the state of our body and mind. Eternal
healing takes place only when the mental and physical conditions are maintained (Campbell,
2006).

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As healthcare providers, we should observe for their devotions which include prayer,
mantras, and a variety of meditation practices. Therefore it is essential for us to provide them
a quiet environment. They also believe in natural death and we have to respect their beliefs
(Singh, 2009).

Sikhism

This religion believes in one spirit. Their main significant aim is to find the reality. It is
thought that a spirit is being able to progress religiously through practicing the chief beliefs
whilst living a standard life. The perception of livelihood encircles to carry out honorable,
societal and principled liability for the person to develop the truth and as well as the
progression of the person’s spirit via rebirth. Their belief in rebirth is that the personal spirit
approaches and departs as per the stability of its karmic actions, optimistic and harmful.
Health and healing are directly related to spirituality and this presents is a complex relation
involving mind, body and spirit. They believe that the human body is a shrine to render the
spirit and one’s relationship with divinity. Critical components of healing are meditation and
prayers. Prayer provides control, fearlessness, trust, and understanding and acceptance of
illness. They use herbs and other alternative therapies along with the western medicines
(Campbell, 2006).
Majority of the Sikhs wear Turbans. As a healthcare provider we have to be cautious not to
remove the turban from the head and also shave the hair which both of them are considered
as sacred. Therefore, consent must be obtained before trimming or shaving the hair and
privacy to be provided for the removal of the Turban. They seek same sex healthcare
providers. The healthcare providers should not handle their prayer books without washing the
hands and should provide privacy to offer prayers and meditation. They should not question

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about the sexual issues as it is considered as confidential. They also believe in natural death
(Singh, 2009).

Christianity

Christians believe in the Holy Trinity of one God. The effect of evil doing on the spirit and
body and on an individual’s bond with God is focused on healing. From a Christian
perspective, spiritual care deals with issues of religious and spiritual care. They believe the
grace of God can heal both body and soul. Health care professionals are considered in the
place of God in healing process. There are extremely few limitations on health treatment for
improving physical well-being, provided they do not assist or bring injury to the client
(Singh, 2009).
The personality of Christian spirituality varies from other religious society in terms of the
prevailing mediator along with the predictable sacred issues. One way of learning about
spiritual health care is to advance medical treatment that will require acquiring disparity in a
multifaith framework. The combination and involvement of Christians concerned with
maintenance and promotion of health endeavors for exclusive results within a multifaith
framework.

Conclusion

There has been an increasing admiration of the liability of health care professionals providing
spiritual and cultural competent care. It is essential for health care professionals to develop an
internal freedom to provide spiritual care and to seek spiritual relationship among diverse
faith and cultural traditions. Healthcare practitioners must not only identify and assess
patients spiritual needs they must also offer healing interventions. This includes consideration
of patients’ spirituality when making medical decisions. It is important to develop the trusting

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relationship between the patient and the healthcare provider. It is also important for the
healthcare providers to recognize their own beliefs and values as it may help them to identify
others beliefs. Being non-judgmental has been seen as a vital to delivering spiritual care.
They advocate the need for a spiritual care. It is essential for the health care providers to be
conscious that every person is religious and may seek spiritual care sometimes in their life.

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References

Campbell, A. (2006, Dec). Spiritual care for sick children for world faiths. Pediatric Nursing,
18(10), 22-25.
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Hollins, S. (2005, Oct). Spirituality and religion: exploring the relationship. Nursing
Management, 12(6), 22-6.
Singh, H. K. (2009, May). Health Care and Religious Beliefs. Spiritual Care Advisory
Committee, Alberta Health Services-Calgary and area, 6-8, 16-18, 33-38.

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