Health Care Provider and Faith Diversity








Health Care Provider and Faith Diversity



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Health Care Provider and Faith Diversity

The cycle of health is connected with the principle of diversity. There are a large number of people who originate from varied race, culture and religion. All of these sources of diversity, in a joint manner, respond in a way that would benefit healthcare. Religion and their beliefs are vital in abiding to the varied religion and notion of healing and they are vital in getting to known of the link between religion and ways to treat people. Prayers play a vital role in connecting religion with clinical methods. In varied religion the concept of medicine in treating people has been focused in contrasting ways, though even with the differences, there are similarities (Ehman, 2012). These similarities not human health as having vital aspect and needs sustainment and safeguarded from decline be it through spiritual or medical ways. However, even with these similarities, there is the need to note that religious elements of the past are complicated and it is hard to note its pattern. It is necessary that one has enough knowledge on the many religious beliefs linked to healthcare.

As described previously in regards to healthcare, diversity is genuine and identification of diversity needs to appeal to patients and family to interpret things. Thing like how cultural values are vital to hospital care when it comes to personal needs, and decisions. This is vital to make sure there is sufficient communication of the nurses and staff as well as family members. Adding to this, it is necessary to focus on the trust of healthcare system in general. To focus on the desire of being aware of the varied beliefs growing in the area of religions two religions are of focus, Christianity and Buddhism. These will allow assurance on the manner religion impacts healthcare beliefs.




Christianity entails the divine intervention in regard to healing. This religion is of the opinion that man was made in the image of God. He has a vital role to play in knowing how a person can do away with his sufferings or diseases.

Spiritual Opinion on Healing

Christianity calls for God’s involvementin every aspect of life as well as receiving healing. This religious point of view states that man was made in the image of God and he was personally incarnated into healed body and was resurrected and accorded giftsof healing bodies to his disciples and the Church. He is also called upon to redeem mortal bodies and changing them to immortal beings. Christianity teaches us the multipurpose healing to meet the goal in genuine sense and that is why spirituality plays a vital role in the health of a person. It is worth taking into consideration that in this religion, ‘sacraments and blessings by priests are relevant more so during surgery or risk of death (Ehman, 2012). These requests are mostly made by patients; they comprise of confession and Holy Communion and do not need a priest to be present but an authorized person. Hence, as noted intervention by the church is vital for spiritual healing.

Vital Elements of Healing

There are a number of healing elements among them physical, mental and spiritual. Christianity calls for healing of the physical, mental, spiritual and religious elements. It calls for the restoration of God’s image. Healing takes place in community, its absence shows incompleteness. God accorded the church gifts to heal. He chose church to be part of the healing the physical, social and religious. Churches need to be bodies that call people for healing (Ferngren, 2016). Therefore, it is worth noting even if in Christianity all aspects of healing are accorded focus, the spiritual aspect has been accorded value. Christianity is against acts such as abortion, an act that is common in the US health system. This is even if there is no any outright mention of abortion in the Holy Bible. According to the Catholic Church, the fetus is a complete person with a right to live from the time it is born; hence the church is against direct practice of abortion. In regard to euthanasia, Christianity is against it based on value of life which is against the termination of life based on omission.

Recommendations for Health Care Givers

Christian patients are mostly fast when it comes to meeting the church leaders while they are in the hospital. This makes their belief strong of being well. Health providers have to respect others spiritual desires and put in place such meetings. Health providers need to make sure that the patient willing to receive Holy Communion was accorded it while in hospital. Adding to this, the health givers have to be aware that oil anointing is vital for Catholic patients and confession has to be looked for prior to operation on a patient. Being aware of the religious and cultural desires of the patients.


Buddhism is a religion that is enshrined with philosophical concepts comprising of metaphysical elements. It is religion with a main goal of allowing man to terminate their sufferings and go to Nirvana, Buddhism is of the opinion that that suffering of man comprises of ailments and are based on earthly needs and mundane links.

Spiritual Point of View of Healing

In the case of Buddhism, spirituality is a vital healing aspect. It is worth taking into consideration that “The Buddhist ‘Path of Life’ gives ways which the ethical and spiritual health of every person and acquires them to advance Wisdom and have mercy to every form of life”. It is by spirituality that man is able to get assurance and their sufferings are reduced (Robert, 2012). This religion is about healing and is reliant on the belief on some aspects of Buddhism; Buddha, Dharma and Sangha also known as the three Jewels.

Vital Elements of Healing

Buddhism existence is termed in reference to the combined factors that rely on means of inter-reliance causal connections which are controlled by the theory of Dependent Origination. It is worth taking into consideration that the notable meaning of disease in Buddhism entails all forms of human suffering, whereas health is seen as being overall free from suffering. Health quality is an associated means of previous acts that starts from previous lives and comes to an end at the last moments. In reference to the varied aspects linked to healthcare, Buddhists have varied opinions (Robert, 2012). However when it comes to euthanasia, the Buddhism, similar to Christianity have a vital role to play. Similar to Christianity, Buddhism is against euthanasia in regards to the value of life. Adding to this, similar to Christianity, Buddhism is against abortion due to its intentional termination of life.

Recommendations for Health Care Givers

Most of the Buddhist patients do not eat meat and they opt to fast for a number of days. Valuing the religious and cultural desires of patients. Health care givers have to be aware as to if these patients desire to continue with these processes and they have to be aware of these processes in how disastrous they can be for treatment. Adding to this, the followers of Buddhism are aware of the peace and quiet feeling required for meditation, the health care givers have to focus on these desires. These desires are met in reference to Buddhism. These chances need to be accorded by health care givers.


Diversity of Global View

Varied Views

Christians and Buddhists have a number of differences in the global point of views. The two give extensive focus on God and spirituality. Christians are of the belief that the autonomous individual experience between a person and God is the basic aspect of living and are used to acquiring the rise of a person to God (Alves, n.d.). However, Buddhism varies in regard to this view and sees it as a link between every element of life and are of the opinion that there is a casual link. This defines the religion’s point of view and dedication to things on this earth different from those of Christian point of view of the self and acquiring personal link to God’s mercy. Adding to this, it is worth taking into consideration that as Buddhist view the person as the liberator from suffering, Christians see God as the savior from suffering.

Similar Views

Even as it might be seen as the contrast between Christian and Buddhist global view, in regard to the meaning of God, similarities of global views is notable. It is interesting to be aware that Christianity and Buddhism are about God as mysterious and immeasurable, above all words and definition (Koenig, et al., 2012). Based on Buddhism, God is the uncreated and is everywhere but above this world coming from no cause and barred by nothing.

Impact for Nursing

Focus on these two religious beliefs it is necessary that nurses are conversant with them. This is since they are vital in knowing a person’s health and treatment which is based on their belief process. Nurses have to be aware of this and abide by them as they play a vital role in knowing success or failure of treatment (Porter, 2013). Hence, they have to focus on varying patients beliefs in the same vein as it impacts the eventual result. This can be through according respect to them and addressing their needs.


Religious beliefs are complicated and are long and it is hard to project how a person’s religion is based. Their family may be aware or use religious principles in the health setting. It is necessary that the nursing staff is aware of the diverse religious beliefs linked to healthcare. Varying belief models a vital in knowing the success or failure of the treatment. Hence, it is necessary that nurses have to respect diversity and focus on the needs of the patients of varied religions. Adding to this, they have to attempt to treat patients from different religion in the same way. This may impact the treatment process. The paper has been able to focus on this effectively and offered recommendations for Christianity and Buddhism.














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Ehman, J. (2012). Religious Diversity: Practical Points for Health Care Providers. Pastoral Care            & Education.  Penn Medicine. Retrieved on 5th May 2017 from

Ferngren, G. (2016). Medicine and Health Care in Early Christianity. Baltimore: JHU Press.

Koenig, H. et al. (2012). Handbook of Religion and Health. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Porter (2013).Religion Health & Suffering. New York: Routledge.

Robert, S. (2012).Encountering Buddhism: Western Psychology and Buddhist Teachings.           London SUNY Press.


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