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BMJ. 2001 Dec 22-29;323(7327):1450-1.

Effects of remote, retroactive intercessory prayer on outcomes in patients with bloodstream infection: randomised controlled trial.

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  • Department of Medicine, Beilinson Campus, Rabin Medical Center, Petah-Tiqva 49100, Israel. leibovic@post.tau.ac.il

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine whether remote, retroactive intercessory prayer, said for a group of patients with a bloodstream infection, has an effect on outcomes.

DESIGN:

Double blind, parallel group, randomised controlled trial of a retroactive intervention.

SETTING:

University hospital.

SUBJECTS:

All 3393 adult patients whose bloodstream infection was detected at the hospital in 1990-6.

INTERVENTION:

In July 2000 patients were randomised to a control group and an intervention group. A remote, retroactive intercessory prayer was said for the well being and full recovery of the intervention group.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Mortality in hospital, length of stay in hospital, and duration of fever.

RESULTS:

Mortality was 28.1% (475/1691) in the intervention group and 30.2% (514/1702) in the control group (P for difference=0.4). Length of stay in hospital and duration of fever were significantly shorter in the intervention group than in the control group (P=0.01 and P=0.04, respectively).

CONCLUSION:

Remote, retroactive intercessory prayer said for a group is associated with a shorter stay in hospital and shorter duration of fever in patients with a bloodstream infection and should be considered for use in clinical practice.

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PMCID:
PMC61047
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