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II&M successfully concluded a workshop, presentations & talks at the

Conference on Medicine and Religion

Sunday March 12th - 14th, 2023
(Columbus, Ohio)

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Islamic Bioethics: What is it? What is it not? And how can it help us in Practice?

Hosted by the Initiative on Islam and Medicine, this three-hour workshop will provide attendees with insights into the growing field of Islamic bioethics. It will also equip participants with practical reasoning tools and heuristics to consider as they engage with ethical issues in clinical practice. In this inaugural year, the workshop will more heavily tilt towards conceptual and discursive foundations of the field so that future iterations can hone in on specific ‘hot’ topics and applied bioethical issues.

The workshop will be divided into a two-part didactic and a group discussion. The didactic will cover the sources of ethical thinking in the Islamic moral tradition and the main actors in Islamic bioethics discourses. The group discussion will revolve around 1 or 2 clinical cases and cover the related extant juridical rulings and moral dimensions of decision-making.

Finally, registered participants will receive relevant articles and the slide-deck, and copies of relevant books by the author will be made available for purchase.

Intended Audience: Physicians, allied health professionals, academic researchers, bioethicists, chaplains, religious leaders and policymakers interested in the intersection of religion, bioethics, and medical practice.

Associations Between Religious Coping and Subjective Health Among Muslim Patients in the United States

Prior studies have attempted to understand the role of both positive and negative religious coping in predicting health status and outcomes (Contrada, 2004; Ironson & Kremer, 2009; Sherman et al., 2009; Tarakeshwar & Pargament, 2001). More recently, The Psychological Measure of Islamic Religiousness (PMIR), the first peer-reviewed religious coping scale for Muslims, has been developed to investigate the mediating role of coping between stress and overall health. Our study is the first to employ the PMIR and examine the relationship between religious coping strategies and subjective well-being for 1,319 Muslim men and women who utilized hospital services in the United States from 2020 to 2021.

Participants provided demographic information and completed measures of positive/negative religious coping, subjective health, and experiences of discrimination. A positive correlation (r= .062) was observed between positive religious coping and better subjective health while a negative correlation (r= -.175) was observed between negative religious coping and lower subjective health. Moderation analysis was also conducted to measure the interaction of sex and discrimination, although these were not significant. The results of this study and its relationship to the wider literature on religious coping are discussed.

Note: This workshop is open to anyone who registers for the Conference on Medicine and Religion, as well as a "stand-alone" at a cost of $50.

Talks & Presentations

Conference Highlights

Conference on Medicine
and Religion 2023

March 12, 2023 – March 14, 2023

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Mufti Nazim Khutbah

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Intervention Study

Qualitative Study and Interviews

Fifty Muslim multiethnicity women (40 years old and above) were interviewed (6 focused group) and 19 in individual interviews. We found religious beliefs did informed mammography intention, which includes (1) the perceived religious duty to care for one’s health, (2) religious practices as methods of disease prevention, (3) fatalistic notions about health, and (4) comfort with gender concordant health care.

Quantitative Study and survey

240, 40 years of age or older, were surveyed (72 respondents were Arab, 71 South Asian, 59 African American, and 38 from another ethnicity). We found that positive religious coping and perceived religious discrimination in health settings significantly (negatively) affected mammogram adherence among Muslim women in Chicago.

American Cancer Society mammogram recommendations

Mammogram recommendation for women at average risk or breast cancer

  • Women between 40 and 44 have a choice to have a mammography every year.
  • Women 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year.
  • Women 55 and older can switch to a mammogram every other year, or they can choose to continue yearly mammograms.

3R model

Reframing “switch train tracks”
  • Keep the barriers belief intact but change the way one thinks about it so it is consonant with the desired health behavior
  • Normalizes the barrier belief
Reprioritize: “show them a better train”
  • Introduce a new belief and create higher valence for it than the barrier belief
  • Normalization of the barrier belief is optional
Reform: “breakdown the train carriage”
  • Negate the barrier belief by demonstrating its faults by appealing to authority structures

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