Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory Prayer (STEP) in cardiac bypass patients: a multicenter randomized trial of uncertainty and certainty of receiving intercessory prayer.
American Heart Journal, April 2006
Herbert Benson, Jeffery A Dusek, Jane B Sherwood, Peter Lam, Charles F Bethea, William Carpenter, Sidney Levitsky, Peter C Hill, Donald W Clem, Manoj K Jain, David Drumel, Stephen L Kopecky, Paul S Mueller, Dean Marek, Sue Rollins, Patricia L Hibberd, Jeffery A. Dusek, Jane B. Sherwood, Charles F. Bethea, Peter C. Hill, Donald W. Clem, Manoj K. Jain, Stephen L. Kopecky, Paul S. Mueller, Patricia L. Hibberd, Benson H, Dusek JA, Sherwood JB, Lam P, Bethea CF, Carpenter W, Levitsky S, Hill PC, Clem DW Jr, Jain MK, Drumel D, Kopecky SL, Mueller PS, Marek D, Rollins S, Hibberd PL, Benson, Herbert, Dusek, Jeffery A., Sherwood, Jane B., Lam, Peter, Bethea, Charles F., Carpenter, William, Levitsky, Sidney, Hill, Peter C., Clem, Donald W., Jain, Manoj K., Drumel, David, Kopecky, Stephen L., Mueller, Paul S., Marek, Dean, Rollins, Sue, Hibberd, Patricia L.
Intercessory prayer is widely believed to influence recovery from illness, but claims of benefits are not supported by well-controlled clinical trials. Prior studies have not addressed whether prayer itself or knowledge/certainty that prayer is being provided may influence outcome. We evaluated whether (1) receiving intercessory prayer or (2) being certain of receiving intercessory prayer was associated with uncomplicated recovery after coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery.
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