May News & Views

Firstly this month, a study published in the BMJ Open Diabetes explored the behaviour of patients with type 2 diabetes that chose to fast during Ramadan.

Through a series of interviews, the research team in Malaysia found that, among the sample of 53 patients studied, only one patient consulted a doctor before implementing a drug regimen change, which the authors state might be due to, among other reasons, a ‘perceived lack of understanding from doctors’.

Educating healthcare professionals around the UK on Muslim patients and Ramadan has been the mission of BIMA’s Ramadan Initiative project, which you can find out more about here.

Read “Type 2 diabetes patient’s perspective on Ramadan fasting: a qualitative study” here

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Annually, around 25,000 British Muslims head to Mecca to perform the Hajj, and some will inevitably be exposed to infectious diseases as a result of the profusion of pilgrims during the Hajj.

A study in the Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy set out to evaluate pilgrims’ knowledge surrounding the deadly Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) that could become epidemic during the Hajj season, and found that more needs to be done about educating pilgrims on recognising symptoms of MERS-CoV and expectations of its treatment (i.e. antibiotics cannot treat a MERS-CoV infecction).

Read “Muslim pilgrims’ knowledge, attitudes and practices regarding MERS-CoV during Hajj season” here

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