Perceived Health Care Needs of Amish Populations in Two Newly Established Districts
Keywords:Amish, barriers, health care needs, rural, underserved population
The Amish population in the United States is growing rapidly, leading to many new Amish communities. This mixed-methods study establishes the demographic characteristics within two newly formed Amish districts in New York State and determines the community's perceived health care needs. The study targeted married individuals within the two districts, utilizing informational meetings, individual meetings, and the creation of a Perceived Health Care Needs Questionnaire. The findings included baseline demographics, barriers to health care access, desired health care provider qualities, and perceptions related to health care costs. Conclusions: The Amish are an underserved population with significant barriers to health care, and newly established districts located in rural geographical areas where Amish communities previously did not exist face additional challenges. Opportunities exist for health care providers to help the newly established Amish districts meet their desired health care needs in a culturally competent manner.
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