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Managing women’s matter: a cross-cultural study of doctor-patient relationship in Pakistan and Malaysia

Rehman, Adeela and Mohamad Diah, Nurazzura (2020) Managing women’s matter: a cross-cultural study of doctor-patient relationship in Pakistan and Malaysia. Intellectual Discourse, 28 (2). pp. 697-713. ISSN 0128-4878 E-ISSN 2289-5639

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Healthcare providers in the Muslim community take their profession as an obligation to serve the patients and community in humanistic way, that is described by the Islamic Law. The present study focuses on the doctorpatient relationship in two Muslim countries; Pakistan and Malaysia, to explore the ethical practices in the health profession. The study comprises of cross-sectional qualitative research design in which, in-depth interviews were conducted from female doctors and patients. Data was collected from female patients by visiting the clinics and hospitals for their concerns related to health. Sample of ten female patients and ten doctors (five from each country) were selected for the study. The findings highlighted the moderate relationship of doctors with patients and vice-versa. In Pakistan, majority of the doctors mentioned professional behaviors with the patients, as maternal healthcare is very sensitive and critical in nature. During their medical trainings, although they learnt professional ethics based on Islamic values and integrity however power of doctors over patients has been reported. Interestingly, most women who attended the menopause clinic in Malaysia accepted the doctor’s dominance, because doctors talk to them about their problems and the women tend to accept their expertise. In conclusion, doctors in Pakistan and Malaysia have tried their level best to follow the professional ethics to treat the patients well. Doctors and patients need to realize each others perimeter in a larger setup and try to establish reciprocal relationship with one another.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 2612/89122
Uncontrolled Keywords: Doctor-Patient Relationship; Islam; Professional Ethics; Malaysia; Pakistan
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > HQ1101 Women. Feminism
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM1106 Interpersonal relations. Social behavior
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM621 Culture
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM711 Groups and organizations
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM826 Social institutions
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Sociology & Anthropology
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2021 09:33
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2021 09:38
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/89122

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