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Running head: DIVERSE FAITHS AND HEALTH

Diverse Faiths and Health Care Practices: Nursing Integration
Amy Buttaro
Grand Canyon University: Spirituality in Health Care HLT-310V
September 2, 2012

Abstract
Cultural diversity plays a major role in health care. Hinduism, Sikhism and Islamic medical practices are discussed. Medical beliefs and daily activities that are affected when members of these faiths are hospitalized and options for adjustments related to those beliefs are highlighted. Appling these adjustments to practices can be made.
Diverse Faiths and Health Care Practices: Nursing Integration Health care providers come in contact with many patients of various backgrounds and religions. Knowing and understanding the diversity and how it affects health care practices is an important factor in treatment and care of patients. Hinduism, Sikhism and Islam are just a few of the faiths with differing beliefs relating to healthcare that differ from traditional Christian philosophy.
Hindu
According to Robinson (2012), Hinduism is the third largest religion and considered the oldest religion in the world. There are many diverse sects within the Hindu faith, but all have a common belief in karma, which means for every action there is a reaction that will affect the person’s future resulting in acceptance and compliance regarding health care provider instructions, and this will have an affect on the decision making process (Queensland Health, 2011). Some basic Hindu practices related to health care and healing that need to be addressed are medical beliefs, prayer, bathing, dietary factors, and personal space.
Many Hindus beliefs have a direct relationship with medical care and will have an effect on outcomes. The basic belief in the Hindu faith is that illness is the imbalance of the biological, psychological, and spiritual, and…...

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