Research underway to determine Americans’ views on prayer and medicine

“National study begins: Does prayer have a place in American medicine?” www.prayerinmedicine.com. November 8, 2010.

A groundbreaking online study was recently initiated to discover if Americans believe prayer has a place in medicine. Shannon Pierotti, a graduate student at USciences, is using a social networking basis for recruiting participants in a national survey to assess attitudes regarding the inclusion of spirituality and prayer in medical practice.

In an era of rising health-care costs and struggle over reform in the United States, a key consideration may be a reintegration of the spiritual component of patient care that was lost as scientific advances progressed throughout the last century. Not finding their needs met by the current medical system, patients have increasingly turned to complementary and alternative medicine. Data from the 2002 National Health Interview Survey showed that almost half of respondents used prayer for their own health. 

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