The Choice of Health Care Providers among Old Order Amish in a Pennsylvania Valley

Gretchen Schafft


The Amish offer an interesting mix of conventional and complementary choices regarding health care and health care professionals. Based on the author's experiences in an Amish community located in a valley of central Pennsylvania, these culturally based advantages and disadvantages in choices are discussed. The article concludes with a set of recommendations for developing improved and culturally appropriate practices for the Amish and their interactions with health care providers.


health care providers; complementary and alternative medicine (CAM); Amish dentist; psychological care; chiropractors; culturally appropriate health care

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