Culturally competent care is contingent on knowledge of the unique values and attributes of diverse communities. This article focuses on Islamic perspectives of suffering and meaning in illness as they relate to cancer care. Personal narrative and evidence-based information are integrated to inform a holistic nursing approach to the care of Muslim patients, particularly when supporting them and their families through suffering in the context of malignancy or significant illness.
AT A GLANCE
- For Muslim patients, the teachings of Islam offer ways to accept and find meaning in pain and suffering experienced through illness.
- Understanding Muslim beliefs about illness and medical treatment can help oncology nurses support patients and families through suffering in the context of malignancy or significant illness.
- Awareness of cultural and religious practices, including prayer, modesty, cleanliness, and diet, can help nurses provide holistic care to Muslim patients and families.