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Dr.Padela recently got published in the Chest. The manuscript uses a clinical case to work through Muslim controversies over brain death and withdrawing life support Here is the link
The recording for our Live Webinar on "Advancing equity for Muslim physicians in the healthcare workforce" and the policy report that stems from our research is available now at : click here

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Did you know?

While 85% of American Muslim physicians report being familiar with Islamic bioethics...

  • 55% Never or rarely read Islamic bioethics books.
  • 64% Never or rarely consult Islamic jurors.
  • 71% Never or rarely consult local imams.
  • 79% Never or rarely look to Islamic medical fiqh academy verdicts
So...

American Muslim physicians and patients may not know what they do not know! They struggle to find religious resources to help with complex ethical challenges.

The initiative on Islam and Medicine leads research and education programs to fill this gap. We bring together clinicians, imams, and scholars to discuss the pressing bioethics issues facing medicine today.

What do Muslims need?

Men, Women, South Asians, Arabs, Africans, Americans all agree

  • Gender-concordant care
  •  Halal food in hospitals
  • Neutral prayer facility
  • Muslim health leaders want to champion
    culturally sensitive care for Muslims.
  • But policy makers ask for data to
    support what Muslim patients desire.
  • Our studies are among the 1st to
    provide such data.
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Mufti Nazim Khutbah

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Shkifah Khutbah

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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