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Open Access Commentary

Patient centred care in diabetology: an Islamic perspective from Iran

Bagher Larijani12 and Farzaneh Zahedi2*

Author Affiliations

1 Medical Ethics and History of Medicine Research Centre, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

2 Endocrinology and Metabolism Research Centre, Endocrinology and Metabolism Research Institute, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

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Journal of Diabetes & Metabolic Disorders 2013, 12:18  doi:10.1186/2251-6581-12-18

Published: 10 May 2013

Abstract

Patient-centred system of care is essential in managing many disorders such as diabetes mellitus. The cultural and religious context can influence the involvement of patients and their families in such a care. We intend to discuss patient-centred care in diabetology in view of Islam. For more clarification, we will take into consideration a few illustrative lines of argument in detail about situation in Iran. In conclusion, dynamic spirit of Islamic jurisprudence is reflected in its adaptability to change in medical practice. In recent decades, Iranian religious scholars have provided scientists in new fields of science and research with appropriate directions and guidelines. Decree issued by Iranian religious leaders permitting research on stem cells for therapeutic purposes in many disorders including diabetes mellitus is one example. Understanding of the nature of Islam is importance for communication with patients in Islamic countries.

Keywords:
Patient centered care; Diabetology; Diabetes mellitus; Religious ethics; Islam; Iran