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Religion & End of Life Care – Health Care Insights

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the fourth installment of Tanenbaum’s Health Care Insights series!

This month’s issue features what might be one of the most challenging subjects for health care providers: upholding religious beliefs while delivering end of life care.

  • The Scenario: A Jewish family objects to a DNR order for a patient who is brain stem dead, based on a religious belief that death only occurs when a patient’s heart and breathing have stopped.
  • Click here to learn about the family’s objection and its religious context, and how the hospital can respectfully manage this objection by working with the family and their religious leader.

For additional case studies from our medical school curriculum, click here. To learn more about the intersections of religion and health care, check out Tanenbaum’s full Medical Manual, which can be purchased here. (Contact us for discounted bulk and institutional purchase rates for the eBook version.)

In friendship,

Joyce S. Dubensky
CEO

Dietary Restrictions & Health Care Resources

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the second installment of Tanenbaum’s new Health Care Insights series!

Each Health Care Insight will present a challenging scenario that sometimes arises in health care, and a download link to information from our Medical School Curriculum, where you will find context about the religious practice involved and better practices for health care providers.

This month’s blog post features religion, dietary restrictions and the impact on health care:

  • The Scenario: The son of an 85-year-old Hindu woman suffering from dementia is extremely upset, when he walks into his mother’s hospital room and finds her eating a meatball.
  • Click here to learn about how the mother’s and son’s religious beliefs influenced this encounter, and some better practices that health care providers can use to avoid or manage this type of situation.

For additional case studies from our medical school curriculum, click here. To learn more about the intersections of religion and health care, Tanenbaum’s full Medical Manual can be purchased here. (Contact us for discounted bulk and institutional purchase rates for the eBook version.)

In friendship,

Joyce S. Dubensky

Conscientious Refusals – New Fact Sheet Available!

Tanenbaum’s new Conscientious Refusals Fact Sheet is now online!
Religiously-motivated conscientious refusals to provide services in the workplace have increasingly become a topic for debate. From the 2014 Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case, to health care providers who believe providing abortions violates their faith, to federal employees who object to issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, religiously motivated conscientious refusals are invoked by employees who work in a variety of industries and come from a wide range of religious backgrounds.
Our Conscientious Refusals Fact Sheet provides an overview of the types of conscientious refusals that are most frequently emerging in different workplaces (i.e., health care, government, religious and a range of businesses) as well as better practices for both employers and employees who are looking to address their own or others’ conscientious refusals.

Free Tanenbaum Medical School Curriculum

TriggerTopicsDid you know 84% of the U.S. population identifies as religious?

Did you know that this has significant impact on the health care decisions of patients and families?

Did you ever wonder how physicians can better address this topic with their patients?

To help answer these questions, Tanenbaum released today two free, downloadable training resources for medical educators.

Religious and Cultural Competence for Medical Students: Advancing Patient-Centered Care includes two self-contained 90-minute class/sessions:

Last month we released Improving Patient Care through Religious and Cultural Competence: A Training Program for Residents, a curriculum that provides more extensive resources and addresses even more topics including:

  • Culture & Mental Health: The impact of Religion on Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Professionalism: When Religion, Conscience and Health Care Clash
  • Health Disparities for LGBT Youth: The Role of Religion
  • Religion and Culture in an Outpatient Clinic Setting

Click here to download the free resource Religious and Cultural Competence for Medical Students: Advancing Patient-Centered Care.

Click here to learn more about and purchase Tanenbaum’s training program for residents.

Please share this information with your colleagues and networks.

If you have any questions, email healthcare@Tanenbaum.org or call 212.967.7707.

Religious and Cultural Competence for Medical Students: Advancing Patient-Centered Care was made possible with the generous support of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation and the Louis and Rachel Rudin Foundation. The comprehensive residency program, Improving Patient Care through Religious and Cultural Competence: A Training Program for Residents, was made possible with the generous support of the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations.