The Importance Of Prayer In Healthcare

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Remember a time when your day was just terrible, nothing was going right on account that you were sick. You felt awful and even though you were prescribed some medication it still didn’t seem to be getting any better. An illness is an abnormal process in which aspects of the social, physical, emotional or intellectual condition and function of a person are diminished or impaired compared with that person’s pervious condition. (Mosby, Inc, 2013). There are not much people that live in this world who can truly say that they have never experienced an illness whether it is minor or major. It’s normal to try to find other measures to make you feel better. For the most part people living in the western civilization if stricken with illness will resort …show more content…
Prayer is one of the biggest past times. Since the beginning of religion it has been know that you should pray for the sick or pray that a higher being cures you with which ever religion and domination you have faith in. the question at hand was should physicians and nurses pray for their patients or should they enjoin in their patients prayers? But because of so many religions in this world you cannot assume that both the physician and the patient will share the same beliefs. In 1988 Randolph Byrd a cardiologist conducted a controlled study on patients that had past heart attacks. (Cohen, Edwards, Lusk, Scott, & Wheeler, 2000). He put them in two groups, one group would be prayed for by three to seven “Born-again” Christians while the other group would be would not be prayed for and only rely on medical interventions and care. No one would know which patient was a part of which group. At the end of the study Byrd found out the patients who were just receiving prayer need fewer antibiotics, experienced lower congestive heart failure, was less likely to develop pneumonia and did better than those who did not receive prayer. (Cohen, Edwards, Lusk, Scott, & Wheeler, 2000). But this study has lacking and inconsistencies because for this study to have been conducted it should use the same prayer and duration for each of the patients receiving prayer. Also, what was the patient’s original faith, maybe there were some patients that not of the Christian faith but a Muslim or Hindu it would be highly disrespectful. No one can sincerely practice a faith just for its beliefs of health improvements because there needs to be an interpersonal trust and beliefs in what they are praying and to whom they believe is their high being. (Cohen, Edwards, Lusk, Scott, & Wheeler,

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