Awareness Enhances Care for Muslim Patients - OT441

Awareness Enhances Care for Muslim Patients

by Susanne J. Pavlovich-Danis, MSN, RN, ARNP-C, CDE, CRRN and Michael G. Danis, BSN, RN, CCRN
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This course is credentialed for:
Occupational Therapy (0.10 AOTA CEU)


Islam is the second-largest and fastest-growing religion in the world. Followers of Islam are known as Muslims or Moslems. It’s also acceptable to refer to followers as “Islamic.” Muslim traditions can impact health-related perceptions and healthcare practices as well as interactions with healthcare providers. Dietary practices can also influence the health status of Muslims who may abstain from certain foods and beverages and practice fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. Nurses caring for patients across the lifespan from the neonatal unit to the hospice unit need to know specific customs and practices that provide spiritual comfort in times of distress and mourning. This CE course gives healthcare providers information about providing culturally competent care to patients who are Muslim.


The goal of this continuing education course is to update healthcare providers’ knowledge of providing culturally competent care to patients who are Muslim. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Identify two significant Islamic health-related practices or beliefs.
  • Identify three communication strategies useful when caring for patients who are Muslim.
  • Describe two actions that are consistent with Islamic practices and beliefs.
Content Level: Introductory
Instructional Method: Online Course — Narrative
Content Focus
Domain of OT: Client Factors
Domain of OT: Context and Environment
Occupational Therapy Process: Intervention

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses and occupational therapists.
Occupational Therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
Relias LLC, is an approved provider of continuing education for occupational therapists by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Provider #4000. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy (provider # FBN 50-1489).