Faith Might Improve a Person's Chance of Surviving Surgery

Faith heals -- that's the conclusion reached by a report recently released by The National Institute for Healthcare Research.

Being both socially active and finding strength and comfort in religious faith might improve a person's chance of surviving surgery. Here are a few facts:

For instance, those who either participated in group activities or received strength and support from religion were three times less likely to die during the six months after surgery than those people who had experienced neither of the two characteristics.

Those possessing both positive characteristics were 14 times more likely to survive than those with neither social or religious support.

Although they could not explain precisely how these factors lead to longer life, researchers concluded that encouraging these actitivities may improve quality of life and alter survival behaviors.

The National Institute for Healthcare Research (NIHR) is a private, non-profit research institute in the Washington, D.C. area with research fellows across the nation. NIHR research addresses frequently overlooked or understudied social and spiritual factors in physical and mental health.(NAPSI)

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