Healthcare Provision and Faith Diversity Comparison Essay by Kien

Healthcare Provision and Faith Diversity
A comparison and contrast of the effects of the Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish and Christian perspectives on healthcare delivery.
# 153517 | 1,486 words | 4 sources | APA | 2013 | KE

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The paper discusses the importance of medical staff involving the family members or the patient in drawing a treatment plan that acknowledges the religious beliefs of the patient. The paper compares the perspectives of Buddhism, Hinduism and Judaism with that of the Christian perspective on the philosophy of offering and delivering healthcare, and concludes by emphasizing the need for adequate training in cultural and religious diversity for nursing students.

Comparison of Different Belief Systems

From the Paper:

"Healthcare providers working in various hospitals and healthcare institutions encounter people from diverse religious and cultural backgrounds. This demands that these medical staff exercise great understanding and demonstrate acceptance of differences in religious beliefs. However, this can only be achieved through acknowledgement of pluralism and active involvement in diversity. Thus by being accommodative of religious differences, efficacy in delivery of health services will be achieved (Numrich, 2003).
"Healthcare providers should endeavor to understand religious standards of the community they serve to avoid conflict based on practices. As such, it is important for the medical staff to involve the family members or the patient in drawing a treatment plan. This will facilitate determination of ways in which the staff can acceptably interact and attend to the patient in the course of their hospitalization (Ehman, 2007). In addition, this will help the medical staff to better understand and interpret religious beliefs of the patient and will act as a guide when making decisions on treatment of the patient.
"Training in cultural diversity is therefore vital for nursing students, since most cultural beliefs carry religious values. For instance, for those professing Rastafarian faith it is unacceptable for women to put on second hand clothing and they may feel offended if asked to wear hospital gowns previously worn by other patients."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Alberta Health Services. (2009). Health Care and Religious Beliefs. Retrieved February 21, 2011, from
  • Ehman, C. J. (2007). Religious Diversity:Practical Points for Health Care Providers. Retrieved February 21, 2011, from
  • Numrich, P. D. (2003). From Diversity to Pluralism. Retrieved February 21, 2011, from
  • Sutherland, S. (2011). How to Teach Nursing Students Cultural Diversity in Health Care. Retrieved February 21, 2011, from

Cite this Comparison Essay:

APA Format

Healthcare Provision and Faith Diversity (2013, June 08) Retrieved December 07, 2023, from

MLA Format

"Healthcare Provision and Faith Diversity" 08 June 2013. Web. 07 December. 2023. <>