Running Head: Faith Diversity
Health Care Providers and Faith Diversity
Grand Canyon University
January 9, 2012
Health care providers care for patients from a number of different religious traditions and need to gain as much knowledge as they can, regarding such religions and their cultures to provide quality care. Three religions that are often encountered in health care are Baha’ism, Buddhism, and Sikhism. All of these religions share many similarities and, at the same time, have many differences. This paper answers the following questions about each religion: ‘What is the spiritual perspective on healing?’ ‘What are the critical components of healing, such as prayer, meditation, belief, etc?’
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The critical components of healing include extensive prayer and meditation on behalf of the sick one by family and friends. Medical treatment is not an issue in the Baha’i faith; in fact, they are encouraged to “accept physical remedies inasmuch as these too have come from the mercy and favor of God” (Baha'i International Community, 2012). When cared for by health care providers it is important for people of the Baha’i faith to be allowed to have symbols such as a nine-pointed star, a picture of ‘Abu’l-Baha’ or prayer books present in their hospital room. With regards to gender issues, the majority of Baha’is “want to be assigned a same-sex doctor” for more privacy (Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council, 2005). Baha’is truly appreciate health care providers who acknowledge their religious preferences and respect their beliefs and culture. As health care providers, it is important for us to do so with respect to others’ religions. If compared with Christianity, both religions are similar in a health care provider’s perspective. They both believe that God has the ultimate power to heal and individual. Also, Christians and Baha’is believe that prayer and meditation play a major role in healing. However, like the Christians, Baha’is do not believe in miraculous healing by individuals. Instead, they rely on their God for care and protection. Thus, it is clear that the Baha’i faith requires some special considerations for health care providers.
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