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Prayer in Clinical Practice: What Does Evidence Support?

Kim-Godwin, YeounSoo

Journal of Christian Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0b013e31826c2219
Feature: CE Connection

A Korean-born U.S. nurse educator shares a perspective on prayer in clinical settings in South Korea and asks what appropriate, ethical prayer practice should be in the United States. A review of research on prayer for health and in nursing practice is offered, concluding with evidence-based suggestions for prayer with and for patients in clinical settings

In Brief

People of all faiths and walks of life use prayer in health and illness. What does research reveal about prayer and what are best practices for praying for patients?

Author Information

YeounSoo Kim-Godwin, PhD, RN, is a Professor at the School of Nursing, University of North Carolina Wilmington, teaching Community Health Nursing and Transcultural Health Care. Before she came to the United States, she studied Healing Ministry at the Asian Center for Theological Studies and Mission (ACTS) in South Korea.

Accepted by peer review 7/18/2012.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

© 2013 by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship