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Open Access Review article

Patient centred care in diabetology: an Islamic perspective from South Asia

Asfandyar K Niazi1* and Sanjay Kalra2

Author Affiliations

1 Shifa College of Medicine, Islamabad, Pakistan

2 Department of Endocrinology, Bharti Hospital, Karnal, India

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Journal of Diabetes & Metabolic Disorders 2012, 11:30  doi:10.1186/2251-6581-11-30

Published: 29 December 2012

Abstract

Patient centred care (PCC) is a healthcare model which is sensitive towards the patients’ preferences, needs and values. Interest in the use of PCC in diabetology has heightened recently. There is a special need of the usage of PCC in Muslim communities. Six out of the ten countries with the highest prevalence of diabetes are Muslim majority countries. There are several religious and sociocultural issues specific to South Asian Muslim societies that merit the need of individualization of care for people with diabetes. Several such issues are presented in this article, along with recommendations for tackling them.

Keywords:
Patient centred care; Diabetology; Islam; South Asia; Diabetes