(COLUMBUS, OH 4/2/08) – The President of the Ohio chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OH) recently spoke to a more than 60 healthcare professionals on “End-of-Life Care for Muslim Patients” at the Bioethics Grand Rounds at the Cleveland Clinic.
Pediatrician Dr. Asma Mobin-Uddin spoke to the group of physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, and hospital staff about the basic beliefs of Islam, how Muslims view medical care, illness and death, and Islamic perspectives on euthanasia, withdrawal of life-support, organ donation, autopsy, and funeral and burial rites.
Dr. Mobin-Uddin has given similar presentations during the past year at the Ohio Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s Annual Conference in November and at the BioEthics Network of Ohio conference in May.
“Medical personnel who are educated about Islamic beliefs and practices are better equipped to take care of their Muslim patients,” said Dr. Mobin-Uddin. “This background would be especially beneficial when they are caring for patients and families who face health crises involving complex medical decision-making, such as in end-of-life care.”
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 35 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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