"In sha Allah- God willing"
Saudi Arabians have a very positive view about illness. For them it is a test of one's endurance, perseverance, or capacity to bear. When someone is sick, he or she responds with humbleness and acceptance. Health and wellness are all from God therefore, every process of life starting from conception/pregnancy is out of their control.
There is no certain age that a women should start bearing children. It can happen as soon as they get their first menstruation.
Cultural considerations in Saudi Arabian health care approaches
- Male and female interaction is limited to family units only. It is inappropriate to make a casual greeting with a non-family.
- Separation of male and female is observed among the adolescent and adult wards.
- A handshake is not generally accepted between non-related male and female in the Islamic norms. So do not be offended when a patient refuses.
- Patient prefer to have physicians of the same sex. Therefore as a nurse you may sometime be required to act as mediator between a patient and an opposite sex doctor.
- Staring or admiring the opposite sex is a equivalent to adultery.
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