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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

Raudah Yunus

Researcher, writer, social activist

Raudah Yunus is a researcher, writer and social activist based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and currently pursuing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). Raudah specializes in Public Health, with a particular focus on ageing, elder abuse and neglect, human trafficking, and the health of vulnerable populations. After serving as a physician for several years in Malaysia, Raudah completed a Master of Public Health (MPH) and a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) at the University of Malaya in 2015 and 2018, respectively. Her DrPH dissertation was on the health outcomes of elder mistreatment among rural older Malaysians. Raudah actively advocates for senior citizens and refugee communities in Malaysia through her regular newspaper writings and involvement with a local NGO called Relief, Education and Development (READ Malaysia).
Her latest research projects investigate the health impact of elder financial abuse, review evidence of intervention programs against elder mistreatment, and advocate for the inclusion of refugees into the Malaysian health agenda. Raudah is a Senior Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity in Southeast Asia, under the Atlantic Institute in Oxford. At MCW, Raudah works on two Initiative on Islam and Medicine (II&M) projects; one at the intersection between bioscience and theology and another on the religious accommodation of palliative care for the Muslim population in the US.
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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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