Respecting Muslim Patients' Needs
By RONI CARYN RABIN
New York Times;
November 1, 2010
A woman in her mid-30s wearing a hijab, the traditional Muslim head covering, comes to an urgent care center complaining of leg pain. The first thing she asks: "Are there any woman doctors around?"
She declines to be alone in an exam room with a male doctor. She does not want to be touched by a man who is not a family member, even as part of a medical examination.
It's a hypothetical situation, recounted in a new paper in The Journal of Medical Ethics, but the scenario neatly summarizes some of the dilemmas confronting health care workers in hospitals serving observant Muslim patients. When the traditional health care system cannot accommodate their needs, what are doctors and nurses to do?
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Nov 3, '10
I hate to sound like an in your face, opinionated, New Yorker. But if she came to an urgent care center, needing/wanting, medical attention, she can take what she gets, in terms of a medical provider, or she can go home and live with her pain/discomfort.
I have had enough of individuals coming to this country, with widely different customs/ideas, etc, and then, when their needs cannot be met for obvious reasons, we are somehow supposed to bend over backwards, to figure out a way to accomodate them.
I am waiting for someone to tell these people ,"when in Rome, do as the Romans do".
JMHO and my NY $0.02.
Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN
Somewhere in the PACNW
Last edit by lindarn on Nov 3, '10
Nov 4, '10
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i believe that everyone who has responded to this post has already agreed that this patient's request should be fulfilled if possible. it would become unreasonable if there were no female doctors available but the patient insisted anyway.
muslims can be americans, you know.
i don't understand how being respectful of our patients is a threat to american culture. i also don't understand why the very same phenomenon that is responsible for what is american culture is a threat to us either.
no one said anything about this being a threat to our culture. it is frustrating to have to deal with people who come to you for help but have demands that can't be met, whether the demand is a female doctor, a private room, a specific narcotic or treatment, etc., etc., etc.
"the health care system may not always be able to fulfill all of a patient’s requests, but the providers should at least explain what can reasonably be done and what the limits are, dr. padela said." what's unreasonable about this?
Last edit by GM2RN on Nov 4, '10