Recognizing that many Americans draw upon religious or spiritual beliefs when confronted by serious illness or injury, some medical educators have recommended that physicians routinely ask about spiritually or religion when conducting a medical history.
The objective of this study is to examine patient acceptance of including the following question in the medical history of ambulatory outpatients:"Do you have spiritual or religious beliefs that would influence your medical decisions if you become gravely ill?"
Two populations were sampled using essentially the same instrument. The first dataset was collected from a sample of pulmonary care patients at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). The second datasets represents a sample of African American patients in the Care Pavilion Nursing Home.
The variables in the dataset include: