A prayer space in a Muslim house

WHO: Safe Ramadan practices in the context of the COVID-19

This document highlights public health advice during the COVID-19 pandemic for social and religious practices and gatherings during Ramadan that can be applied across different national contexts.

April 20, 2020 · PDF

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Ramadan: Information for Health Care Providers

The impact fasting and religious practices during Ramadan might have on patients, including pregnant or nursing women.

August 1, 2018 · Article

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What Providers Need to Know about Ramadan

Video presentation on Ramadan and the health implications that providers should know about when working with Muslim patients who are fasting.

June 1, 2017 · Video

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Palliative Care

Cultural Relevance in End-of-Life Care

This resource addresses three major areas of cultural relevance in end-of-life care: cultural competency in clinical practice; advance directives; and pain management.

August 23, 2012 · Article, PDF

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Muslim Religious Observances and Diabetes

Information about fasting practices, and recommendations for providers caring for diabetic patients during times of fasting. Includes recommendations related to medication management.

January 1, 2010 · Article

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The Islamic Response to Domestic Violence

A brief article about Islam and domestic violence.

December 7, 2009 · Article

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Injera, fasting food, Ethiopia

ABIY TSOM The Great Lent

Dietary and medical implications of fasting for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.

August 14, 2009 · Article

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Medical Examiner Dialogue: Ethiopian Orthodox Christian

Information about the cultural and religious norms associated with death and dying among Ethiopian Orthodox Christians.

August 14, 2009 · Article

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Overview of Health Care in Islamic History and Experience

This article provides a short historical review about health care in Muslim experience, as well as current general information about Muslim people and their main observances and concerns in the Western health care system.

August 13, 2009 · Article

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Indonesian woman singing in funeral attire

Issues of Culture and the Role of Medical Examiner

Dr. Richard Harruff, Chief Medical Examiner, King County (WA State), initiated a series of meetings that explored traditional beliefs and practices about death, suicide, autopsy, organ donation, religion, delivery of news, and burial.

August 11, 2009 · Article

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Cambodian New Year celebration dance performers

Cambodian Annual Celebrations

Annual Khmer celebrations are listed in this community calendar resource. Many of these are holidays, but some are not.

August 6, 2009 · PDF

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Two Somali men having a conversation

Medical Examiner Dialogue: Somali

Information about the cultural and religious norms associated with death and dying among Somalis.

April 1, 2008 · Article

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Somali Funeral Traditions

To be practiced in the US, the traditional Somali funeral may require building awareness among local service providers and authorities about Somali customs.

April 1, 2008 · Article

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Death in Cambodian Buddhist Culture

Information about Cambodian Buddhist perspectives and funeral practices during times of death.

January 8, 2008 · Article

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Diabetes in Cambodian Americans

Information about how diabetes is understood and managed by participants in a diabetes education class at Harborview Medical Center.

February 1, 2006 · Article

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Medical Examiner Dialogue: Vietnamese Buddhist

Introduction Please first read Death: The Cross Cultural Context – which serves as an introduction for this encounter. Trust Cross […]

June 1, 2002 · Article

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Somali Food

Nutrition and fasting in Somali Culture

Information about typical Somali foods and fasting traditions, influenced by Sunni Muslim practice.

June 1, 2001 · Article

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An old Vietnamese man looking down

Death Rituals in Vietnamese Society

A look at some of the rituals around death in Vietnamese culture from a personal perspective.

December 1, 2000 · Article

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