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Islam 

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Islam
Author(s):

Abdulaziz Sachedina

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199571390.003.0009
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date: 21 October 2017

Spiritual care begins in providing settings that permit, and preferably encourage, religious observance and observe the rules of interpersonal behaviour in providing care and carrying out interventions. Spiritual care, however, also involves supporting appropriate decision-making. Healthcare practitioners need the capacity to provide patients and families with information that is appropriate to religious, communitarian ethical decision-making, and to respect the process such decision-making must take. As part of this process it may be necessary for the patient and family to consult a trusted physician and/or imam, and communication protocols may need to be adapted to include these key people. The negotiable and local character of Islamic communitarian ethics should be a reminder to healthcare practitioners that a ‘fact file’ approach to care is at best inadequate.

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