Title

Clinical Study Considers The Power Of Prayer To Combat COVID-19

Document Type

Podcast

Publication Date

5-1-2020

Capture Date

5-3-2020

URL

https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/05/01/849408522/clinical-study-considers-the-power-of-prayer-to-combat-covid-19

Abstract

Cardiologist Dr. Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy from the Kansas City Heart Rhythm Institute, is leading a clinical study beginning May 1st, 2020, which will look at the power of prayer in regards to the recovery and treatment of COVID-19 patients. The study is intended to last four months. The study will involve 1000 COVID-19 patients who are under intensive care. Half of the patients are the control group, while the other half, selected at random, will be given a "universal" prayer which is provided in five different denominational forms, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. The study will be focusing on a number of factors in order to determine if the prayers are effective in the healing process. The factors include, organ failure, the time a patient is on a ventilator, number of deaths, and number of patients who are transferred out of intensive care.

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