The efficacy of "distant healing": a systematic review of randomized trials.

  title={The efficacy of "distant healing": a systematic review of randomized trials.},
  author={John A. Astin and Elaine F Harkness and Edzard Ernst},
  journal={Annals of internal medicine},
  volume={132 11},
PURPOSE To conduct a systematic review of the available data on the efficacy of any form of "distant healing" (prayer, mental healing, Therapeutic Touch, or spiritual healing) as treatment for any medical condition. DATA SOURCES Studies were identified by an electronic search of the MEDLINE, PsychLIT, EMBASE, CISCOM, and Cochrane Library databases from their inception to the end of 1999 and by contact with researchers in the field. STUDY SELECTION Studies with the following features were… 

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