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marions ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-18-05 06:45 PM
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130. OK
this study had a standard design meaning that all patients were informed of the risk and benefits of the study. You can't do a study at a major medical research center without following NIH guidelines for the protection of human subjects (in effect since the 1970's). So the patients knew they were in a study, but neither they nor the researchers knew who was being prayed for and who wasn't (this is a standard "double blind" study). An independent statistical group assigns the patient numbers randomly so nobody knows who the control group or the intervention group is until the results are in. Obviously this is a methodology that CAN be replicated. Unless you do more than one study, you can't have the assurance of replication, which is why it often seems that medical studies are redundant. The fact that nine research centers were involved replicates the study design across different sites and checks for anomalies.

I'm sure the researchers aren't worried about any mockery on DU, (they've gotten enough of that elsewhere probably) but they might be surprised that so many here seem to be against exploring the variables that may influence patient outcome above and beyond standard medical treatment. This study in question is a natural outcome of studies in behavioral medicine and cardiology where a correlation has been shown between stress reduction and patient survival.
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