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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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Vision:

To be the leading center for studying how Islamic values and Muslim identity engage with contemporary healthcare and biomedicine.

Mission:

Instilling hikmah in healthcare through scholarship that draws insights from clinicians, patients, chaplains, religious scholars, and policy makers

Objectives:

  • Empower Muslim clinicians, chaplains, religious leaders, patients and communities with data-driven, theologically-appropriate, and research-tested intellectual resources to engage with contemporary healthcare
  • Advance health and healthcare equity, as well as workforce diversity and inclusion, by mobilizing research data towards the development of tailored and targeted health interventions and policies

Methods:

  • Conducting multidisciplinary normative, empirical, sociological and discourse research that describes that ethical problem-spaces and generates educational and policy solutions.
  • Teaching and consulting on issues related to Islamic Bioethics, Muslim community health research, culturally-responsive healthcare design, and religious accommodations in health policy.

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Thank You For Making Islamic Bioethics Matter.

From providers in clinical practice to patients and families making difficult choices for themselves and loved ones, your support helps thousands each year. We take pride in the values you advance though the accomplishments described in the report.

Personal. Professional. Policy

The Initiative on Islam & Medicine (II&M), founded in 1984, is a Kansas City-based nonprofit nationally recognized for its work in practical bioethics. On the PERSONAL level, we provide guidance to patients, families and clinicians grappling with hard choices. On the PROFESSIONAL/EDUCATIONAL level, we teach bioethics to medical students, clinicians and lay leaders. On the POLICY level, we address ethical issues by bringing diverse groups together to work collaboratively, recommend guidelines and policies, develop programs and disseminate thousands of free resources.

“Practical” is what distinguishes the Center from nearly all other bioethics centers across the country. Most are based in academic institutions and focus primarily on theoretical issues. The Center applies bioethics to the lived experiences of patients, providers and policymakers throughout the region and nation.

The Center’s work encompasses three broad areas:

Ethics Education & Consultation

  • Providing ethics leadership, education, mentoring and consultation for Kansas University Medical Center and The University of Kansas Health System
  • Providing bioethics instruction within Kansas City University (KCU) curriculum
  • Managing the Ethics Committee Consortium
  • To collaborate with those who commit to civil discourse
  • Developing clinical ethics services in hospitals and health systems and serving on hospital ethics committees throughout the region
  • Presenting professional and community-based educational programs (e.g., lectures, symposia, webinars)
  • Responding to consumers and policymakers facing ethical dilemmas who request guidance directly from the Center

Advance Care Planning

Advance Care Planning builds on the Center’s pioneering legacy work in serious illness and end-of-life care, with focus on increasing participation in advance care planning in minority communities and though employee benefit programs.

Systems Change

Systems Change responds to contemporary issues in healthcare that raise ethical concerns and need for systems change. Current focus is on ethics of COVID-19, artificial intelligence in healthcare, population health and civic engagement, and providing a voice in research and treatment for people who live in chronic pain.

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Mufti Nazim Khutbah

Padela Khutbah

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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