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J Health Care Chaplain. 2008;14(2):118-32.

A review of research on Buddhism and health: 1980-2003.

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  • 1The HealthCare Chaplaincy, New York, NY 10022, USA.


Electronic searches of social science and biomedical literature identified 44 empirical studies that specifically investigate Buddhism, meditation, and health. The number of studies increased over time, especially in medical and other health-related fields. The studies were found to differ by geographical region with regard to the emphasis on spiritual, psychological, or physical outcomes. Results from this study are explored with respect to historical trends as well as current variations in scholarship and religious practice between the regions.

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