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SMJ Article | Editorial | September 1, 2010

Proximal Intercessory Prayer

Studies of coping and of integrative therapies underline the importance of prayer to many patients and family. But what is the evidence that prayer influences medical outcomes?

SMJ Article | Letter to the Editor | March 1, 2011

Proximal Intercessory Prayer

To the Editor: I read with interest the article titled “Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Proximal Intercessory Prayer (STEPP) on Auditory and Visual Impairments in Rural Mozambique,” by Brown et al.1 As a person of the Christian faith who also practices internal medicine, I often have to navigate the…

SMJ Article | Article | June 1, 1986

Can Prayer Facilitate Healing and Growth?

SMJ Article | Primary Article | July 1, 1988

Positive Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory Prayer in a Coronary Care Unit Population

ABSTRACT: The therapeutic effects of intercessory prayer (IP) to the Judeo-Christian God, one of the oldest forms of therapy, has had little attention in the medical literature. To evaluate the effects of IP in a coronary care unit (CCU) population, a prospective randomized double-blind protocol was followed. Over ten months,…

SMJ Article | Letter to the Editor | August 1, 1989

Prayer Therapy

SMJ Article | Primary Article | December 1, 2000

Effects of Intercessory Prayer on Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis

Abstract Background Many individuals pray during times of illness, but the clinical effects of prayer are not well‐understood. Methods We prospectively studied a cohort of 40 patients (mean age, 62 years; 100% white; 82% women) at a private rheumatology practice. All had class II or III rheumatoid arthritis and took…

SMJ Article | Primary Article | December 1, 2000

Effects of Intercessory Prayer on Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis

AbstractBackground.Many individuals pray during times of illness, but the clinical effects of prayer are not well-understood. Methods.We prospectively studied a cohort of 40 patients (mean age, 62 years; 100% white; 82% women) at a private rheumatology practice. All had class II or III rheumatoid arthritis and took stable doses of…