sample: 400 community
residents age 65 and older.
Study results: Risk
of diastolic hypertension
(high-blood pressure) reduced up to 40%
for: regular (church) attendees who also
read the Bible daily.
HG, et al. The relationship between
religious activities and blood pressure
in older adults. Int J Psychiatry Med
sample: 542 patients 60 or
older; consecutive admissions to Duke
University Medical Center.
Regular church attendees were 43% less
to have been hospitalized during
If hospitalized, briefer stays --
affiliated spent 25 days in hospital;
affiliated spent 11 days.
HG, Larson DB. Use of hospital services,
religious attendance, and religious
South Med J 1998;91(10):925-32.
sample: Nearly 600 severely
ill hospitalized patients aged 55 and
Study results: Spiritual
coping via connection with God and
receiving religious support resulted in:
quality of life
compliance with care
HG, et al. Religious coping and health
status in medically ill hospitalized
older adults. J Nerv Ment Dis
Twelve other studies published since
1980 found persons in organized
religious activity had higher levels of
from summary of the clinical studies:
Nothing in life is more wonderful
than faith -- the one great moving force
which (as it turns out) we can weigh in
the balance and test in the crucible not so mysterious, and not so
indefinable, known by its clinical
effects, faith pours out an unfailing
stream of energy while abating little of its potency.