The importance of prayer for mind/body healing

Nurs Forum. 2004 Jul-Sep;39(3):23-32. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6198.2004.tb00005.x.


Topic: A growing interest in using complementary and alternative modalities (CAM) to treat the patient as a whole.

Purpose: To address the use of prayer for mind/body healing in nursing practice.

Sources: Published research articles, studies, book chapters.

Conclusions: Key research studies show that CAM are gaining acceptance by healthcare providers. Prayer is especially growing as an alternative method for healing. Additional research is needed to demonstrate further the effectiveness of prayer as a CAM modality for mind/body healing.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Attitude
  • Ethics, Nursing
  • Geriatric Nursing
  • Humans
  • Mental Healing*
  • Mind-Body Relations, Metaphysical*
  • Religion*
  • Research