i) The practice of health care providers at all levels brings you into contact with people of a variety of faiths. This calls for acceptance of a diversity of faith expressions.
ii) Seek out three patients and/or health care providers of diverse faiths. Choose faiths that are less well-known than mainstream faiths or are less known to you, such as Sikh, Bahai, Buddhism, Shintoism, Native American, etc. Compare the philosophy of providing care from the perspective of these faiths with that of the Christian perspective.
iii) In a minimum of 1,250 words, summarize the interviews and compare and contrast the different belief systems, reinforcing major themes with insights gained from your research.
iv) Ask each of your three patients and/or health care providers the following:
(1) What is your spiritual perspective on healing?
(2) What are the critical components of healing, such as prayer, meditation, belief, etc?
(3) What is important to people of a particular faith when cared for by health care providers whose spiritual beliefs differ from their own?
(4) How do patients view health care providers who are able to let go of their own beliefs in the interest of the beliefs and practices of the patient? Compare these beliefs to the Christian philosophy of faith and healing.
v) In your conclusion, describe what you have learned from these interviews and how this learning can be applied to a health care provider practice.
vi) Refer to Resource 3: Health Care Provider and Faith Diversity: First Draft Grading Rubric, located in the Course Resources folder.
vii) Use standard essay format in APA style, including an introduction, a conclusion, and a title page. An abstract is required. Cite in-text and in the References section. Provide a minimum of three appropriate and scholarly sources for your paper. Remember that Wikipedia is not considered a scholarly source.