Case Study Of Jehovah's Witness

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INTRODUCTION

The Jehovah’s Witness religion is a Christian movement with 6.3 million followers worldwide with 0.002% in India. This community does not accept blood or blood products based on their biblical teachings. This belief when compounded with a trauma scenario in India where there is alack of awareness of this community leads to creation of obstacles in their treatment plan along with legal, medical and ethical challenges for the health care provider1.

ABSTRACT

The awareness of the beliefs of Jehovah’s Witness’s in India is very poor. One of the fundamentals of their beliefs is prohibition of blood and blood product transfusions. This presents a very unique challenge especially when coupled with massive trauma and in other emergency
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Respect of religious beliefs and individual autonomy is of paramount importance in these individuals.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

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