Hindu Patient Autonomy

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Autonomy has become the essential principle in western bioethics. A person has the right to their own decision making and to exercise independent action and individual choice after having been fully informed of the treatment options available in western culture if the person is mentally capable gives their informed consent and makes decisions on their behalf. Patient autonomy in Indian culture may not play the same role that it does in the West. In Hinduism, however, family members make decisions, particularly the elder son. Besides, the husband will make arrangements for his wife. Hinduism emphasizes respect for older people, with children having the responsibility towards their parents so health care providers should take this into account when developing care plans or suggesting nursing care.

Many Hindus use Ayurveda medicines, home remedies, spiritual remedies most common one is holy ash which is called vibuthi in the Hindi language which they apply on the skin or often consumed in conjunction with western medicine. It is essential for the healthcare professionals to be aware because some drugs can be contraindicated to each other. Some medications may not be suitable for Hindu patients …show more content…

Most Hindus are vegetarian. The cow is considered sacred, and it is forbidden to eat anything derived from it. The nurse should arrange the food accordingly. Most often family or friends bring food for the patient from home, but the nurse should make sure that the food produced from home is not contrary to any medical treatment, e.g., fasting for procedures, or incompatibility with medication. Most of the Indian food has the strong smell of spices which can be problematic for the other patients in such situations considering other patient's nurse should ask the family to go to the cafeteria to enjoy the

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