Chapter 4. Maya Mohammed: A 15-Year-Old Arab American Teenager with Leukemia
- Lisa Hark PhD, RD Consultant4 and
- Horace DeLisser MD Associate Professor Assistant Dean5
Published Online: 27 APR 2009
Copyright © 2009 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Achieving Cultural Competency: A Case-Based Approach to Training Health Professionals
How to Cite
Khidir, A. M. O., Chou, A. and Konopasek, L. (2009) Maya Mohammed: A 15-Year-Old Arab American Teenager with Leukemia, in Achieving Cultural Competency: A Case-Based Approach to Training Health Professionals (eds L. Hark and H. DeLisser), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444311686.ch4
Department of Medicine, Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Cultural Competency and Spirituality, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, USA
- Published Online: 27 APR 2009
- Published Print: 10 APR 2009
Print ISBN: 9781405180726
Online ISBN: 9781444311686
- Arab American teenager with leukemia;
- distinguishing religious and cultural traditions of Arab Americans;
- potential sensitivities in communicating and performing a physical exam for muslim teens;
- islamic dietary laws in caring a hospitalized muslim teen;
- “leukemia - a type of cancer”;
- complex issue in muslim communities - helpful to involve an imam and a muslim physician
This chapter contains sections titled:
Is it appropriate that Dr. Brown asked about sexual activity and how should he respond to Maya's reaction?
What would be the most appropriate response to this request for a female physician?
Despite the physician's efforts to ensure that she understood the urgency, why did Mrs. Ali go home rather than to the ED?
How should the physician and staff respond to the father's requests?
How could the team resolve this conflict and begin to form a therapeutic alliance with the parents?
Should Mrs. Ali's opinion about chemotherapy be asked directly in front of her husband?
Are there any issues related to Maya's care in the hospital that should be considered in the context of this family's culture and their belief in Islam?
What are the rules surrounding Ramadan, children, and the sick? What is the best way to support Maya in her spiritual beliefs while attending to her health care needs?
How can Maya's terminal illness be communicated to her and her family in a culturally appropriate manner?
Are there issues related to the family's religious beliefs that may impact on a palliative care plan?
How might the team provide culturally relevant and appropriate comfort and support to this patient and her family?