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Dignity and Healthcare at End-of-Life

Abrahamic Faiths in a Bioethics Conversation

October 24, 2015

Location: Claremont School of Theology Claremont, California

Event Overview

This one-day event was hosted by Bayan Claremont and co-organized by the Initiative on Islam & Medicine, and sponsored by the Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue (DICID). A range of experts, including medical practitioners, academics, and religious leaders from Muslim, Jewish, and Christian backgrounds, examined theological, scientific, and legal dimensions of human dignity and of the healthcare practices and debates surrounding end-of-life. Participants acquired knowledge regarding current thinking at the intersection of religion and care of the dying across the Abrahamic communities, and become better equipped to engage the issues with colleagues, patients, and community members.

Details about the speakers and their talks can be found here

Opening Remarks

Panel 1: Defining Dignity: Theological Roots of the Concept within the Abrahamic Traditions

Dignity in Christian Thought
Dr. Dan Sulmasy (University of Chicago School of Medicine)
Dignity in Jewish Tradition: Its Role in End-of-Life Care
Rabbi Dr. Barry Kinzbrunner (VITAS Healthcare)
Dignity in the Islamic Tradition
Shaykh Yassir Fazaga (Orange County Islamic Foundation)

Panel 2: Moral and Medical Tensions in an Age of “Medicalized” Care for the Dying

Ars moriendi, the Art of Dying Well
Dr. Lydia Dugdale (Yale School of Medicine)
Lessons from “a Goses”
Dr. Kenneth Prager (Columbia University Medical Center)
Islamic Perspectives on Clinical Intervention at the End-of-Life:
Dr. Aasim Padela (University of Chicago School of Medicine)

Panel 3: Religious and Professional Narratives on Being Present and Witnessing the End of Life

Walking the Path through the Wilderness of Grief: A Spiritual Journey

Rabbi Anne Brener (Academy for Jewish Religion, California)

Neural Substrates of Consciousness and Metaphysics of the Soul

Dr. Faisal Qazi (Stroke Center, San Antonio Community Hospital)

Accompanying the Dying: Muslim and Christian Perspectives

Rev. Dr. Patrick J. Ryan (Fordham University)

Dinner Banquet Keynote Address

Dying with Dignity

Dr. Eba Hathout (Hassan Hathout Legacy Foundation)

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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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