(1) 75% of 35,000 Americans age 18 or older reported that they pray at least once per week with 58% praying at least once per day.

Data from the Pew Forum U.S. Religious Landscape Survey, conducted May 8 to Aug. 13, 2007, among more than 35,000 Americans age 18 and older; released in 2008.

(2) A Time/CNN Poll found that 82% of Americans believed in the healing power of prayer. (Time Magazine. June 24, 1996: 147:19).

(3) 77% percent said physicians should consider patients’ spiritual needs.

  • 37% wanted their physicians to discuss religious beliefs with them more frequently.
  • 48% wanted their physicians to pray with them.
  • 68% said their physician had never discussed religious beliefs with them. 48% of hospital inpatients desired prayer from their doctor.

King DE, Bushwick B, Beliefs and attitudes of hospital inpatients about faith healing and prayer. J Fam Pract. 1994 Oct;39(4):349-52.

(4) In a study from The Johns-Hopkins University, patients put a high value on religion and spirituality particularly when coping with illness. 82% said prayer was important to their sense of well-being.

Magyar-Russell G et al. Ophthalmology Patients? Religious and Spiritual Beliefs Arch Ophthalmol. 2008;126(9):1262-1265.

(5) The majority (75%) of physicians agree that religion and spirituality is important to patients for coping and for giving them a positive state of mind.

Curlin FA et al. Physicians? Observations and Interpretations of the Influence of Religion and Spirituality on Health. Arch Intern Med. 2007;167:649-654.

(6) Maugans TA, Wadland WC. Religion and Family Medicine: A Survey of Physicians and Patients. J Fam Practice1991:32(2) 210-3.

  • 91% of patients believe in the existence of God.
  • 64% of doctors believe in the existence of God.
  • 40% of patients welcomed physicians exploring religious or spiritual issues with them.
  • Only 7% of patients did not believe in the power of prayer.




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