This isn't really helpful but, sometimes, there really isn't any THERE THERE. Just because a question is asked doesn't mean there is an answer. (that quote goes back to one of my profs in library school.) You may indeed have found all there is, and there may be no tool that fills the bill. Lee Hover, D. Med. Hum. Lacey, WA. -----Original Message----- From: Medical Libraries Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Matucheski, Michele L. Sent: Monday, October 06, 2014 1:25 PM To: [log in to unmask] Subject: Research Help - Measuring Religious Sincerity Hello Collective Brain, I've been working on this question for the past few weeks, but I'm not quite coming up with what the patron seeks ... The questions is looking for a tool(s) that will objectively measure religious sincerity or conviction. The background : With the flu shots now being required for ALL health care workers, people can still decline for medical or religious reasons. My patron wants to find a tool that will help them ascertain if people really are declining on sincere religious grounds or not ... How can that be measured? What tools are out there? I've searched Medline and the usual health science databases, even Google and Scholar. I have come up with some legal cases where they also test the for religious conviction (You know those cases where the parents refuse medical help for their children on religious grounds.) Here are a few things I did find : Ethical Exemptions for Seasonal Flu Vaccines This powerpoint seems to offer the best guidance. It goes through several religions and what specific / official objections they may have to vaccines : http://www.apicchicago.org/pdf/2012/presentations/Ethicall-Exemptions-for-Se asonal-Flu-Vaccines.pdf Though it doesn't mention religious sincerity ... Some of this type of info seems to come for legal cases on vaccine refusal on religious grounds. Here's one case from New Yorkers for Vaccination Information and Choice : http://nyvic.org/law/wexler/7sincere.htm Most of these cases concern school children and vacination requirements. It does a good job of laying out how a judge would ascertain sincerity. Although I searched all the usual places, I didn't feel like I was coming up with the specific answers she was looking for. Can anyone out there help add to this body of knowledge? I'm stumped ... Thanks! Michele ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ Michele Matucheski, MLS, AHIP Librarian & Information Consultant - The Clark Family Health Science Library Mercy Medical Center - Affinity / Ministry Health Care 500 S. Oakwood Rd. Oshkosh WI 54904 [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]> Phone 920-223-0340 Fax 920-223-0343 Libraries are about service - not books. Information where & when you want it with Librarians as professional guides. --Linda Matula Schwartz ________________________________ CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This e-mail communication and any attachments may contain confidential and privileged information for the use of the designated recipient(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that you have received this communication in error and that any review, disclosure, dissemination, distribution or copying of it or its contents is prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please notify the sender at the electronic mail address noted above and destroy all copies of this communication and any attachments. Thank you for your cooperation.