Positive Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory Prayer in a Coronary Care Unit Population

@article{Byrd1988PositiveTE,
  title={Positive Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory Prayer in a Coronary Care Unit Population},
  author={Randolph C. Byrd},
  journal={Southern Medical Journal},
  year={1988},
  volume={81},
  pages={826-829}
}
  • R. Byrd
  • Published 1 July 1988
  • Medicine
  • Southern Medical Journal
The therapeutic effects of intercessory prayer (IP) to the Judeo-Christian God, one of the oldest forms of therapy, has had little attention in the medical literature. [] Key Method To evaluate the effects of IP in a coronary care unit (CCU) population, a prospective randomized double-blind protocol was followed. Over ten months, 393 patients admitted to the CCU were randomized, after signing informed consent, to an intercessory prayer group (192 patients) or to a control group (201 patients).

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