The Critical Role of Religion: Caring for the Dying Patient From an Orthodox Jewish Perspective
Simon, Jeremy R
Tendler, Moshe D
Fischbach, Ruth L
Journal of palliative medicine 2010 Oct; 13(10): 1267-71
Culturally competent medical care for the dying patient by families and health care professionals is a challenging task especially when religious values, practices, and beliefs influence treatment decisions for patients at the end of life. This article describes end-of-life guidelines for hospital health care professionals caring for Orthodox Jewish patients and their families. Religious perspectives on advance directives, comfort care and pain control, nutrition and hydration, do not resuscitate/do not intubate (DNR/DNI), and extubation are often unfamiliar to the American medical community.
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