Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 33, Issue 3, pp 211–219

The effect of prayer on physical health: Experimental evidence

  • Paul N. Duckro
  • Philip R. Magaletta

DOI: 10.1007/BF02354912

Cite this article as:
Duckro, P.N. & Magaletta, P.R. J Relig Health (1994) 33: 211. doi:10.1007/BF02354912


There has been enough published scientific work on the direct effects of prayer upon physical health in the past thirty years to merit review. While experimental evidence has yet to reveal large direct effects of prayer on physical health, the effects which have been found are notable and encourage further study. In this article the authors review the major studies, discuss problems in their interpretation, and suggest considerations for future experimental study of prayer.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul N. Duckro
    • 1
  • Philip R. Magaletta
    • 2
  1. 1.Saint Louis University Health Sciences CenterSaint LouisUSA
  2. 2.Department of Psychology of Saint Louis UniversitySaint LouisUSA