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Student JAMA
June 16, 2004

Medicine and Spirituality

JAMA. 2004;291(23):2880. doi:10.1001/jama.291.23.2880-b

The recent surge in attention to spirtuality and medicine is manifest not only by increasing media coverage but also by a continuous flow of public opinion polls, research articles, and funding initiatives. Since the mid 1990s institutions such as the Association of American Medical Colleges, the National Institute for Healthcare Research, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have supported hundreds of interfaith health programs.1 And from 2002 to 2003, the US Department of Health and Human Services increased funding to faith-based groups by 41%.2

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