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Posted on Wed, Nov 3, 2010 : 12:20 p.m.

Understanding Islamic religious and cultural practices may lead to better health

By Pam Stout

In order to provide a holistic quality of care, physicians need to understand how religious values and ethics can affect the care a patient seeks and then receives, says a University of Michigan emergency physician in the current issue of Journal of Medical Ethics.

As the fastest growing religion in the United States, Muslims' modesty concerns might interfere with early screening rates for diseases like breast and ovarian cancer. Dr. Aasim Padela., a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar, suggests several ways to accommodate Islamic religious ethics with practical suggestions related to dress code, seclusion, and gender relations.

Read more at the University of Michigan Health System Newsroom.