A Study of Trauma in an Amish Community

  • Jones, Mark W.


An analysis of 272 Amish admissions to a community hospital over a 3-year period revealed 60 to be trauma related. The majority of the accidents were unique to the Amish community, with 26.7% horse and buggy related. Falls accounted for 20%, "hay hole" falls 8.3%, power saw injury 8.3%, and horse drawn farm equipment 6.7%.

The Amish are an exceptional group whose religious beliefs disallow the use of many modern conveniences such as automobiles and electricity. As with the general population, transportation played a major role as the main source of trauma in the Amish group; however, overall mortality and morbidity appear to be less.


JOURNAL: J Trauma. 1990; 30(7): 899-902. ISSN: 1.

Note: The Journal of Trauma.

NLOM ID#: 90339535 .

Publication #: 90339535

This document was extracted from the CDC-NIOSH Epidemiology of Farm Related Injuries: Bibliography With Abstracts, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

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