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Editor's Correspondence
June 26, 2000

The Effect of Remote Intercessory Prayer on Clinical Outcomes

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Arch Intern Med. 2000;160(12):1876. doi:

In October 1999, Harris et al1 published the results of a randomized, controlled, double-blind study, which indicated that patients who were admitted to the coronary care unit of a major hospital and prayed for by external intercessors on a daily basis for 28 days experienced significantly fewer clinical events during their hospital stay (either weighted for severity [P=.04] or unweighted [P=.04]) than patients who were admitted to the same unit and not prayed for. There was no significant difference between the 2 groups with respect to length of hospital stay or length of stay in the coronary care unit.

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