Is receiving prayer or being certain of receiving prayer associated with uncomplicated recovery after surgery?

From: American Heart Journal

Journal rating:
rating: 97%
Study Quality:
rating: 85%
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Overall Reliability

Article Quality:
rating: 50%
Partcipants
rating: 50%

Participants/situation

  • 1,802 patients receiving coronary artery bypass graft surgery

Study

  • Patients at 6 US hospitals were randomly assigned to 1 of 3 groups: 604 received intercessory prayer after being informed that they may or may not receive prayer; 597 did not receive intercessory prayer also after being informed that they may or may not receive prayer; and 601 received intercessory prayer after being informed they would receive prayer.
  • Intercessory prayer was provided for 14 days, starting the night before the surgery. 

Results

  • In the 2 groups uncertain about receiving intercessory prayer, complications occurred in 52% (315/604) of patients who received intercessory prayer versus 51% (304/597) of those who did not.
  • Complications occurred in 59% (352/601) of patients certain of receiving intercessory prayer compared with the 52% (315/604) of those uncertain of receiving intercessory prayer.
  • Major events and 30-day mortality were similar across the 3 groups.

Answer

  • No (without confidence)

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