When receiving medical care, members of the Arab American culture prefer only to be touched by healthcare providers of the same gender.
Because of this cultural preference, Arab American patients may specifically request that their healthcare provider be of the same gender.
Arab American females are likely to avoid eye contact with males, as a sign of respect. Avoiding eye contact is not and should not be considered suspicious, as it often is in American culture.
In this culture, males often make the final decision. This holds true even when the decision is regarding the medical treatment of a family member.
It is important to note that many Arab Americans may be muslim, so it is important to respect their religious preferences and dietary restrictions by inquiring more. Conversely, not all Arab Americans are muslims, so it is best to ask the patient and avoid these cultural assumptions whenever possible.
Infertility, if not disclosed prior to marriage, can be grounds for divorce in this culture.
Members of the Arab American culture do not typically participate in organ donation due to religious and ethical beliefs concerning the matter.
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