To Take Or Not To Take: Bioethical Conflicts with Non-adherence to Medications due to Religious Beliefs

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To Take Or Not To Take: Bioethical Conflicts with Non-adherence to Medications due to Religious Beliefs

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Title: To Take Or Not To Take: Bioethical Conflicts with Non-adherence to Medications due to Religious Beliefs
Author: Hashmi, Maliha
Citation: Maliha Hashmi, To Take Or Not To Take: Bioethical Conflicts with Non-adherence to Medications due to Religious Beliefs (April 2010).
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Abstract: The physician-patient relationship has continued to face problems set by the imbalance in the informed consent. Due to lack of informed dialogue, greater cultural competency and awareness, this issue is evident even today with the vast discrepancy that exists in the prescription process of medications and the non-adherence of patients with different religious backgrounds. Several physicians believe it is essential to have at least a minimal level of knowledge about various religious sensitivities so that negative impact on compliance is prevented. Many religious groups such as the Orthodox Christians, Muslims, Jews and Seventh Day Adventists have dietary restrictions that prevent them from taking some medications due to various ingredients in them. Much customer behavior is influenced by religion. If physicians give their patients the alternative of taking medications other than the ones with such contents, then the patients would be better able to determine their own modes of treatment. However, if physicians take such measures, it is important to note that medications must then clearly state their ingredients. The history of labeling has been one of many lengthy procedures and time span. However, goals were set, achieved, and implemented although it took a long time. Similarly, if measures are taken to set goals to provide better alternatives of medications for patients with special dietary restrictions, the inequity in prescription and compliance would narrow.
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