Essay on Amish Culture And Health Care

751 Words Oct 6th, 2015 4 Pages
Introduction and Key Terms
Approximately 300,000 individuals in America are members of an Amish community, making the Amish one of fastest growing populations in the nation (Diebel, 2014). Known within the health care sector for their strict adherence to a traditional lifestyle and “reluctance to seek preventative health care and delaying necessary medical treatment” (Brewer and Bonalumi, 1995, p. 494), the Amish are distinct from most other communities in America. Despite aversion to preventative health care, the Amish do seek out professional health services when necessary (Banks and Benchot, 2001), so it is imperative that health service professionals who work in hospitals and clinics near Amish communities have an understanding of Amish culture and health care beliefs. An understanding of Amish culture empowers health service professionals to plan and implement health interventions while working within Amish culture will and overcoming Amish-specific health literacy barriers.
Coinciding with Brofenbrenner’s Ecological Systems Model, all people are situated within systems that are larger than the self, and these systems include those that are direct, as well as those that have a subconscious effect (Brofenbrenner, 1994). Thus, within Brofenbrenner’s view, an Amish individual’s ability to navigate the health care system is largely contingent upon the specific cultural context that exists in Amish communities. The degree to which one is able to navigate the health care…

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