International Data Pool of Health Professional's attitudes toward Religious and Spiritual Values in Clinical Practice (NERSH Data Pool)

Project: Research

Project Details


Project goal
Our goal is to build a global data pool of religious and spiritual values of health professionals.

Background and motivation
To date collaboration within the recently established Network for Research on Spirituality and Health ( has made it possible to pool data from 14 different surveys from six continents. Approx. 6000 respondents from around the world have completed the NERSH questionnaire developed from the original questionnaire “Religion and Spirituality in Medicine, Perspectives of Physicians” (RSMPP) by Farr Curlin, 2006.
The NERSH Data Pool supports five validated scales of religious dimensions:
- Duke Religiosity Index (DUREL), Koenig et al
- Religiosity of Health Professionals
- Willingness to interact with patients regarding R/S issues
- RS as a calling
- Religious objections to controversial issues in medicine (ethical dilemmas)

Key findings

We are currently building the version 2.0 of the data pool which will encompass 17 data contributions from collaborators around the world.

Layman's description

Målet med projektet er at samle en international database der indeholder informationer om sundhedspersonales holdninger til religiøsitet og spiritualitet. Disse data kan vi bruge til at undersøge hvordan læger, sygeplejersker og andet sundhedspersonale forholder sig til eksistentielle temaer i klinikken, samt om, og hvordan, de anvender deres egne holdninger i samtaler med deres patienter.
Short titleNERSH Data Pool
Effective start/end date01/04/2016 → …

Collaborative partners

  • University of Southern Denmark (Project partner) (lead)
  • Sygehus Lillebælt (Project partner)
  • Federal University of Juiz de Fora (Project partner)
  • University of California, Berkeley (Project partner)
  • University of Freiburg (Project partner)
  • The University Hospital Klinikum rechts der Isar (Project partner)
  • Witten/Herdecke University (Project partner)
  • King Saud University (Project partner)
  • Airlangga University (Project partner)
  • University Hospital Munich (Project partner)
  • Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich (Project partner)
  • University of Bern (Project partner)


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