Spirituality and Willingness to Participate in Health-Related Research Among African Americans
Powell, Lauren R.
Person, Sharina D.
Rosal, Milagros C.
Lemon, Stephenie C.
Allison, Jeroan J.
UMass Chan AffiliationsSchool of Medicine
Senior Scholars Program
UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science, Community Engagement Core
UMass Worcester Prevention Research Center
Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine
Department of Quantitative Health Sciences
Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms
Health Services Administration
Health Services Research
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AbstractAfrican Americans remain underrepresented in health-related research. We examined the association between spirituality using the Self-Rating Spirituality Scale (range 6-24) and self-reported willingness to participate in health-related research studies among African Americans. Covariates included gender, education level, employment status, and previous research experience. Adjusted associations were calculated with logistic regression models, with multiple imputation to account for missing data. Results from the logistic regression model show that each one-point increase in the Self-Rating Spirituality Scale was associated with a 24% increase in the odds of being very likely to participate in research (OR: 1.24, 95% CI: 1.07-1.44). Those with less than a college degree (OR: 3.59, 95% CI: 1.51-8.54), who were unemployed (OR: 2.34, 95% CI: 1.03-5.33), and had previous research experience (OR: 2.92, 95% CI: 1.22-6.99) reported increased willingness to participate. This work offers new insight for developing recruitment initiatives within African American spiritual communities.
J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2018;29(1):400-414. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2018.0027. Link to article on publisher's site
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