Doctors & Religion

National survey of family physicians on spirituality and healing

Can praying for people help in their medical treatment?

75% said Yes—23% said No

Can faith healers make people well through their faith and power of personal touch?

38% said Yes—59% said No

Should doctors, if asked, join in prayer with a patient who requests spiritual help in medical treatment?

71% said Yes—26% said No

Was spirituality and healing taught during your formal medical training?

20% said Yes—80% said No

-Source: Yankelovich Partners, December 1996

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