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University of Washington, School of Nursing: Doctor of Nursing Practice Capstone Project: Executive Summary


washington; seattle; swedish; diversity/inclusion


The spiritual practice of Islam is considered one of the three major monotheistic religions. Islam is the second largest religion in the world with 1.6 billion followers; about 3.5 million of those live in the U.S.1 The number of Muslims in the U.S. is projected to double by 2030.1 Additionally, the number of adults age 65 and older in the U.S. is projected to double from 46 million today to over 98 million by 2060.2 As the U.S. population ages, many healthcare workers are often too overwhelmed to handle the varying and intricate social, economic, familial, spiritual, and cultural needs of older adults with complex chronic disease or life-limiting illness. A palliative care team that respects and values one’s cultural and spiritual needs is vital to not only support providers in day-to-day activities, but also to give patients and families the support of a person with specialized knowledge to help with chronic illnesses as well as the end-of-life transition. Providing culturally sensitive resources such as a palliative care team that understands the needs of their Muslim population is vital to Swedish Medical Center’s core beliefs and values which include, compassion, dignity and excellence.8 More specifically, nurturing each patient's spiritual essence is a goal within the Swedish mission of compassion, which aligns with this project's goal.8 Thus, this Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) project aims to complete a needs assessment and a gap analysis of the use of palliative care services for patients adhering to Islam at Swedish Medical Center’s First Hill (FH) and Cherry Hill (CH) locations.




Population Health