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    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) 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.

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    (ii,iii, iv) First, I have found as a advanced care practitioner that people of different faiths are open to sharing their beliefs system with you. To them, it means that you are interested in providing care that is congruent with their systems of healthcare ideals. Most clients will gladly share their needs regarding faith. (pp will be added)

    (1) Look up some information on healing. There is a great different between healing and faith healing. Do you believe that some patient who have a better support system with their belief can overcome and reach a better medical outcome? This portion of the exercise is asking you to be introspective. If you are not familiar with this concept, it is important that you do some research. ...

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    A spiritual perspective on healing is reinforced. References are also infused to validate the findings.