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From bonnets and beards to modern medicine: A guide to providing culturally competent care for Ohio’s Amish population

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Ohio is home to the largest Amish population in the world, numbering over 70,000 individuals. With settlements throughout the state, many health professionals come in contact with Amish patients during their practice. The Amish church doctrine states “It is easier to stay pure and focused if we set ourselves apart from everyday society, not taking advantage of advances in technology." As a result of these beliefs, most Amish or “Plain People”, as they refer to themselves, do not have electricity in their homes, drive automobiles, or participate in health insurance programs. How do these beliefs influence the way the Amish address their personal health and that of the healthcare system? Their practices and beliefs present a unique challenge for Healthcare Professionals. Developing an understanding of the Amish culture and its fundamental beliefs is paramount to providing the highest level of culturally sensitive care. This guide was developed through hands on experience with Amish in the health care setting and includes evaluation of Health Care Literacy amongst the Amish, a description of Healthcare Finances in the Amish community, as well as an analysis of beliefs related to health care interventions. This research discusses the beliefs of the Amish in regards to modern medical care and provides a guideline for healthcare professionals that promotes culturally competent and patient-centered care for the Amish Population.

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Ohio is home to the largest Amish population in the world, numbering over 70,000 individuals. Their church doctrine states “It is easier to stay pure and focused if we set ourselves apart from everyday society, not taking advantage of advances in technology." As a result of these beliefs, most Amish do not have electricity, automobiles, or participate in health insurance programs. How do these beliefs affect the way Amish address their personal health and that of the healthcare system? This research discusses the beliefs of the Amish in regards to modern medical care and provides a guideline for health professionals that promotes culturally competent care for Amish patients.

Research Category

Nursing

Author Information

Hannah MillerFollow

Primary Author's Major

Nursing

Mentor #1 Information

Ms. Tracy L Gidden, MSN, APRN, PPCNP-BC, CNE

Presentation Format

Poster

Start Date

5-4-2018 1:00 PM

Research Area

Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Medicine and Health | Public Health and Community Nursing | Public Health Education and Promotion | Rural Sociology

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From bonnets and beards to modern medicine: A guide to providing culturally competent care for Ohio’s Amish population

Ohio is home to the largest Amish population in the world, numbering over 70,000 individuals. With settlements throughout the state, many health professionals come in contact with Amish patients during their practice. The Amish church doctrine states “It is easier to stay pure and focused if we set ourselves apart from everyday society, not taking advantage of advances in technology." As a result of these beliefs, most Amish or “Plain People”, as they refer to themselves, do not have electricity in their homes, drive automobiles, or participate in health insurance programs. How do these beliefs influence the way the Amish address their personal health and that of the healthcare system? Their practices and beliefs present a unique challenge for Healthcare Professionals. Developing an understanding of the Amish culture and its fundamental beliefs is paramount to providing the highest level of culturally sensitive care. This guide was developed through hands on experience with Amish in the health care setting and includes evaluation of Health Care Literacy amongst the Amish, a description of Healthcare Finances in the Amish community, as well as an analysis of beliefs related to health care interventions. This research discusses the beliefs of the Amish in regards to modern medical care and provides a guideline for healthcare professionals that promotes culturally competent and patient-centered care for the Amish Population.