Avicenna Journal of Medicine

: 2017  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 81--87

Muslim patients in Ramadan: A review for primary care physicians

Heba Abolaban1, Ahmad Al-Moujahed2 
1 Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Care Coordination Program, Boston, MA, USA
2 Department of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, MA, USA

Correspondence Address:
Heba Abolaban
157 Pleasant St., Maiden, MA 02148

Fasting Ramadan, in which Muslims abstain from specific habits and behaviors from dawn to sunset, is one of the five Pillars of Islam. While there are several exemptions from fasting, many Muslim patients with acute or chronic medical conditions still choose to fast, which may adversely affect their health if not addressed properly. Some patients may not be well educated about the effects of some medical treatments and procedures on the validity of their fast, which can unnecessarily lead to suboptimal management of their conditions or treatment nonadherence. Since spirituality, religiosity, and personal beliefs affect patients' health behaviors and adherence to treatments, health-care providers need to learn how fasting Ramadan can affect the health of their Muslim patients, especially those with chronic medical conditions, and how to help them achieve safe fasting. This article aims to provide an overview of the main topics that primary care physicians may need to know in order to improve their cultural competence when caring for their fasting Muslim patients.

How to cite this article:
Abolaban H, Al-Moujahed A. Muslim patients in Ramadan: A review for primary care physicians.Avicenna J Med 2017;7:81-87

How to cite this URL:
Abolaban H, Al-Moujahed A. Muslim patients in Ramadan: A review for primary care physicians. Avicenna J Med [serial online] 2017 [cited 2020 Aug 12 ];7:81-87
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