Physician Practice

Cultural compliance

Physician Practice Perspective, August 21, 2002

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Gowns, lack of privacy violate certain faithsMariam Bhabha felt awkward and embarrassed when a woman handled her breasts during her first mammogram. She’s used to it now—well, as used to it as she can be. But she can’t get used to the feeling when she’s paraded through the waiting area, draped in a revealing gown that leaves her vulnerable.Bhabha is Muslim. The Islamic faith is among those that require women to be modest in what they wear. Women of Arab and South Asian descent also follow modest standards of dress and language in public places. In fact, she says

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