Study finds no effect of praying for health of heart surgery patients - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

Study finds no effect of praying for health of heart surgery patients

Updated:
NEW YORK (AP) -- A cardiologist at an Oklahoma City hospital is a co-author of a study that has examined whether or not praying for a sick person's recovery do any good.

Doctor Charles Bethea, who works at Integris Baptist Medical Center, says that intercessory prayer in what is touted as the largest scientific test of its kind had a neutral effect.

Heart surgery patients in the study showed no benefit when strangers prayed for their recovery. And patients who knew they were being prayed for had a slightly higher rate of complications.

Researchers emphasize that their study could not address whether God exists or answers prayers made on another's behalf. They say the study could look only for effects from the specific prayers offered as part of the research.
Powered by Frankly
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
Newson6.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOTV. Oklahoma Traveler™ is a registered trademark of Griffin Communications. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.