Religious Doctors Helping Patients Feel Better

As it turns out, most doctors are quite religious. A news article titled, "Science or Miracle?; Holiday Season Survey Reveals Physicians' Views of Faith, Prayer and Miracles" reports on a survey of more than 1,100 U.S. doctors. The survey found that U.S. doctors overwhelmingly believe in miracles, pray for their patients, and think religious is a valuable and necessary guide to life.

Some of the highlights:

-72% believe that religion provides a reliable and necessary guide to life.

-74% of doctors believe that miracles have occurred in the past and 73% believe that can occur today.

-58% attend worship services at least one time per month.

-55% believe that medical practice should be guided by religious teaching.

-55% said that they have seen treatment results in their patients that they would consider miraculous.

-59% pray for individual patients.

And what are doctors proscribing in addition to medicine?

-67% encourage their patients to pray.


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