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Study of the therapeutic effects of proximal intercessory prayer (STEPP) on auditory and visual impairments in rural Mozambique

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dc.contributor.author McClymond, Michael J.
dc.contributor.author Williams, Rebecca
dc.contributor.author Mory, Stephen C.
dc.contributor.author Brown, Candy Gunther
dc.date.accessioned 2012-01-23T02:37:51Z
dc.date.available 2012-01-23T02:37:51Z
dc.date.issued 2010-09
dc.identifier.citation Brown, Candy Gunther PhD; Mory, Stephen C. MD; Williams, Rebecca MB BChir, DTM&H; McClymond, Michael J. PhD. Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Proximal Intercessory Prayer (STEPP) on Auditory and Visual Impairments in Rural Mozambique. Southern Medical Journal: September 2010, Volume 103, Issue 9. pp 864-869 en
dc.identifier.uri http://journals.lww.com/smajournalonline/Fulltext/2010/09000/Study_of_the_Therapeutic_Effects_of_Proximal.5.aspx en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2022/14131
dc.description.abstract Background. Proximal intercessory prayer (PIP) is a common complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapy, but clinical effects are poorly understood partly because studies have focused on distant intercessory prayer (DIP). Methods. This prospective study used an audiometer (Earscan 3) and vision charts (40 cm, 6 m “Illiterate E”) to evaluate 24 consecutive Mozambican subjects (19 males/5 females) reporting impaired hearing (14) and/or vision (11) who subsequently received PIP interventions. Results. We measured significant improvements in auditory (p < 0.003) and visual (p < 0.02) function across both tested populations. Conclusions. Rural Mozambican subjects exhibited improved audition and/or visual acuity subsequent to PIP. The magnitude of measured effects exceeds that reported in previous suggestion and hypnosis studies. Future study seems warranted to assess whether PIP may be a useful adjunct to standard medical care for certain patients with auditory and/or visual impairments, especially in contexts where access to conventional treatment is limited. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins en
dc.rights © 2010 Southern Medical Association en
dc.subject audition; complementary and alternative medicine (CAM); intercessory prayer; spirituality; vision en
dc.title Study of the therapeutic effects of proximal intercessory prayer (STEPP) on auditory and visual impairments in rural Mozambique en
dc.type Article en


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