Hospital Managers Encounter Diverse Religious Traditions and Beliefs

August 28, 2002

Source: Hospital Topics

In the Winter, 2002 issue, Hospital Topics reported that "to be effective, [hospital] managers must have a basic understanding of the implications of cultural, ethnic, and religious diversity, as the number of Americans whose culture, ethnicity, and religion differ from those of the American mainstream increases... This means that the expectations and needs of diverse staff and, as important, the various patients treated in [hospitals] must be understood and met to the greatest extent possible... [The article] provides a basic orientation for managers as to how the mainstream of several major cultures, ethnic groups, and religions view the ethical issues of truth telling, death and dying, and euthanasia." The discussion includes Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, Tao and Confucian views on many healthcare-related issues.