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Spiritual and Alternative Healthcare Practices of the Amish

Sharpnack, Patricia A. DNP, MSN, RN, CNE; Griffin, Mary T. Quinn PhD, RN; Benders, Alison M. JD, PhD; Fitzpatrick, Joyce J. PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN

doi: 10.1097/HNP.0b013e3181d39ade

Although the use of spiritual and alternative healthcare practices is increasing, knowledge of these practices among the Amish is limited. This study explored the spiritual and healthcare practices of 134 Amish. Information about the diversity and prevalence of these practices among the Amish may be useful to nurses in practice.

School of Graduate and Professional Studies (Drs Sharpnack and Benders), Ursuline College, Pepper Pike, Ohio; and Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio (Drs Griffin and Fitzpatrick).

Corresponding Author: Patricia A. Sharpnack, DNP, MSN, RN, CNE, Ursuline College, 2550 Lander Rd, Pepper Pike, Ohio 44124 (

The authors thank the Sigma Theta Tau International for the 2008 Iota Psi Chapter Research Award and the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing (CWRU) Alumni Research Award.

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