Research Study Finds Prayer Associated with Healthy Behaviors
pray for their health have better health-related behaviors, use more
preventative services and have greater satisfaction with their care,
found a new study by the HealthPartners Research Foundation.
found that of the 52.8 percent of subjects who reported praying for
their health, 90.3 percent believed prayer improved their health.
praying for your health may or may not subsequently improve it," said
Dr. Patrick J. O'Connor, senior clinical investigator for
HealthPartners Research Foundation and the study's principal
use of prayer has an independent association with other
health-promoting behaviors such as avoiding or using less tobacco and
alcohol, consuming more fruits and vegetables, and participating in
more physical activity. In addition, those who pray are more likely to
receive regular preventive care from a physician."
should take into account whether or not their patients pray for their
health," said O'Connor. "Knowledge of a patient's spiritual orientation
may help a physician tailor health recommendations for the patient."
The study results were published in the American Journal of Health Promotion.
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