Muslim Women, Healthcare, Cultural Competence, Women's Health, Muslim Health


Medicine and Health Sciences


Debra Burg


Delivering high-quality care to female patients of the Muslim faith requires knowledge of the differences in cultural and spiritual values. Important differences include diet, ideas of modesty, privacy, and touch restrictio. Globally, Muslims represent substantial portions of society and remain the fastest-growing religion in the world. The Muslim faith encompasses several ethnicities with diverse views regarding illness and healthcare. As a result, the care of Muslim patients provides challenges for many non-Muslim healthcare providers. The Islamic faith can influence decision-making, family dynamics, health practices, risks, and the use of healthcare. This paper describes the care of Muslim patients taking into account their religious views on health and illness while at the same time maintaining confidentiality. Understanding Islamic beliefs will assist healthcare professionals in delivering appropriate health care in a culturally sensitive manner.