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Medical Ethics

Religious Beliefs and Cultural Practices

Health providers can benefit from an increased awareness and understanding of the different health beliefs and treatments of their patients.


  • Cultural Diversity
    Marianjoy Library Website
    Provides very detailed information on different cultures and ethnicity.
  • Common Beliefs and Cultural Practices
    The Provider's Guide to Quality & Culture
    This section provides medical practitioner with basic information on the culture, belief system, health strengths, and health challenges of people from some of the regions and groups of the world. Cultural Groups gives detailed information about several cultural groups.
  • Cultural Diversity
    Myer, Ehren. (2006). RNotes: Nurse's Clinical Pocket Guide. F.A. Davis
    The table from RNotes by Ehren Myers includes cultural characteristics of groups that are widely dispersed throughout the U.S.
    Page 1: African-Americans, Arab-Americans, Asian-Americans and Bosnian-Americans.
    Page 2: Native-Americans, Mexican-Americans and Russian-Americans
  • Religious Diversity - Practical Points for Health Care Providers
    University of Pennsylvania
    The site includes brief lists of points for health care providers to keep in mind when caring for patients from a number of different religious traditions.
  • Cultural Proficiency: Quality Care for Diverse Populations Videos
    American Academy of Family Physician (AAFP)
    To help health care workers be more culturally sensitive when caring for patients, the AAFP has developed Quality Care for Diverse Populations, a web-based training program which includes five video vignettes depicting simulated physician-patient visits in an office setting.
  • Transcultural and Multicultural Health Links: Religious Groups
    New Mexico State University Library
Blood Transfusion
End-of-Life Care
  • Cultural Diversity: End-of-Life
    Marianjoy Medical Library
    Many factors including culture and ethnicity determine thoughts about death. This section provides an ethical overview related to death and dying and links to several resources.
Organ Donation

All major religions support organ, tissue and eye donation. Still, within each religion there are different schools of thought.



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