19 February 2009

The power of prayer

From Volume 151, Issue 4, Pages 934-942 (April 2006)

Result section of the abstract below:
In the 2 groups uncertain about receiving intercessory prayer, complications occurred in 52% (315/604) of patients who received intercessory prayer versus 51% (304/597) of those who did not (relative risk 1.02, 95% CI 0.92-1.15). Complications occurred in 59% (352/601) of patients certain of receiving intercessory prayer compared with the 52% (315/604) of those uncertain of receiving intercessory prayer (relative risk 1.14, 95% CI 1.02-1.28). Major events and 30-day mortality were similar across the 3 groups.

If you have problem interpreting the data above, watch the first video linked here. The rest of the videos are entertaining and informative too.

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