June News & Views

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Firstly this month, a study in the journal Aging & Mental Health examining the association between refugee mental health, past traumatic experiences, and religious observance found that refugees with a higher level of religiousness did not show higher levels of PTSD after exposure to war trauma compared to those with a lower level. The authors argue that religious observance provides a buffering effect to refugees’ mental health from severe war trauma.

Read “Mental health among older refugees: the role of trauma, discrimination, and religiousness” here


The Born In Bradford cohort study is an ongoing study following 12,500 pregnant women and their children recruited over a 3 year period from 2007 to 2010 at Bradford Royal Infirmary. A study this month in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health used the data from this study found that infants conceived by Muslim mothers fasting during Ramadan were not significantly smaller than infants conceived by Muslim mothers outside of Ramadan.

Similarly, there was no difference between the two groups in premature birth rates. From the results, the authors conclude that “Muslim women and their partners can be advised by doctors that Ramadan fasting around the time of conception appears unlikely to have a detrimental effect on the size of their infant at birth or result in premature birth.”

Read “Are babies conceived during Ramadan born smaller and sooner than babies conceived at other times of the year?” here


And finally, a review published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canadaexplored the preference of female obstetricians/gynaecologists among immigrant women.

The identified reasons for preference of female providers include religious beliefs, modesty, and comfort. The review also briefly discusses the Islamic factors Muslim patients consider when preferring gender-concordant care such as ‘awrah (modesty) and khalwah (close proximity).

Read “Gender of Provider – Barrier to Immigrant Women’s Obstetrical Care” here


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