Week 5 Discussion post: Daemen University

The purpose of this discussion is to investigate the role of religion in health care practices.

In this discussion:

  1. Select one of the religious groups (different than your own) listed in Andrews, Boyle and Collins p. 387-412 and focus on that religious group's health care practices.
  2. Select one health care practice, provide a short explanation of that practice.
  3. Include a way to incorporate this practice into their care in your clinical setting. o    Identify one thing you learned in the Healthcare Chaplaincy Cultural & Spiritual Sensitivity Learning Module for Healthcare Professionals that could help with your practice. 
  4. Respond to one peer who selected a different religious group and identify how you would incorporate their selected healthcare practice in your clinical setting.

Discussion Post

Download complete discussion post here....Amish Religious Group Health Care Practices

According to Hanson and Andrews (2020) “the term Amish refers to members of several ethnoreligious Christian groups who choose to live separately from the modern world through manner of dress, language, family life, and selective use of technology” (p.385). It is estimated that in the United States there are approximately 300,000 Amish people throughout 31 states.

Illness is seen as the inability to perform daily chores and healthcare practices vary from the use of folk, herbal, homeopathic, and biomedicine. Preventive medicine is seen as being against God’s will, however, in instances when sick, the use of biomedicine is episodic and crisis- oriented (Hanson & Andrews, 2020, p. 388). Oftentimes, Folk medicine, professional medicine, and alternative care are often used at the same time.

It is also important to note that in most cases, health care costs are paid for out of pocket by the family, or, in instances with extreme costs, the community pitches in to cover the cost of care. It is also of importance to note that the Amish reject aid and assistance from outside the Amish community. For example, based on religious grounds and beliefs of self-sufficiency and separation from the world, they are exempt......Continues. 



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