Mohammad Al-Ubaydli’s blog

Ethnicity Online

Posted in Medicine, People / organisations by Dr Mohammad Al-Ubaydli on October 25, 2004

I’ve been looking at the very impressive Ethnicity Online web site, and I think it will prove to be a very useful resource. It provides information to healthcare workers about dealing with patients, colleagues and employees from six different religions.

For example, it is better to avoid unnecessary tactile contact with Muslim patients, such as shaking hands or patting, especially with the opposite gender. Buddhist patients may prefer to avoid pain medication, opting for psychosomatic techniques. And although alcohol and tobacco are taboo for Sikhs, medications containing traces of alcohol are acceptable if the aim is not to intoxicate.

The site is tastefully designed and has a simple approachable layout. Its video interviews are rather fun, and I especially like those of Dr David Stone, who had taught us cardiology.

My congratulations to the site’s team, the good folks from CARET and CBCU, on a job well done.

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