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Muslim dietitian-patient spiritual conversations and its’ challenges: a descriptive cross-sectional study

Afandi, Aflah and Mohamad, Hasbullah and Mohd. Abu Bakar, Wan Azdie and Mamat, Nik Mazlan (2022) Muslim dietitian-patient spiritual conversations and its’ challenges: a descriptive cross-sectional study. Malaysian Journal of Medicine and Health Sciences, 18 (19). pp. 43-48. ISSN 1675-8544 E-ISSN 2636-9346

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Introduction: Spirituality is essential in patient care. In dietetics, the patient-centred care approach has a significant role in promoting caring relationships with the patients in dietary counselling. While integrating spirituality in clini￾cal practice influences patients’ ability to cope with illness, there is a paucity of research on spirituality in dietetics. This study aimed to discover the proportion of Muslim dietitians who inquired about patients’ spiritual needs and its association with socio-demographic factors, identify selected conversations on spiritual concern and its challenges. Method: This cross-sectional study adopted selected items from The International NERSH-Cohort questionnaire. A new semi-structured question on responses to patients’ spiritual concerns was also evaluated (4 items; alpha=.79). Data were gathered through an online survey and analysed using descriptive analysis and Pearson chi-square.Re￾sults: Out of ninety-eight respondents, only 3% reported always making an attempt to inquire about patients’ spiritual needs, whereas 44% had never made such an inquiry. The duration of practising dietetics was not associated with inquiring spiritual needs practices. When the Muslim patients brought up a discussion on spiritual concern, 38% of the Muslim dietitians had responded that only Allah has the power to heal and grant happiness. This study highlights that Muslim dietitians’ most common obstacles to addressing spiritual concerns during dietary counselling were the fear of offending the patients and insufficient knowledge/training. Conclusion: There are ways for Muslim dietitians to engage in spiritual conversations during dietary counselling, but the existing challenges indicate a calling for for￾mal training.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Spirituality, Dietetics, Patient Care
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc > BP1 Islam > BP174 The Practice of Islam
R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology > RM214 Diet therapy. Diet and dietectics in disease
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Allied Health Sciences > Department of Nutrition Sciences
Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Fundamental and Inter-Disciplinary Studies (Effective: 5th Feb 2014)
Kulliyyah of Allied Health Sciences
Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences
Depositing User: Dr. Wan Azdie Mohd Abu Bakar
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2023 09:14
Last Modified: 16 Jan 2023 09:15
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/103230

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