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Healing Through Prayer: A Qualitative Study

Helming, Mary Blaszko PhD, FNP, AHN-BC

doi: 10.1097/HNP.0b013e3181fe2697
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A qualitative study using a semistructured interview process explored the experience of being healed through prayer in 20 participants from several Protestant Christian faith traditions. Five cluster themes and their subthemes were identified, such as Spirituality and Suffering (subthemes of Purpose of Suffering and Spiritual Meaning of Suffering); The Healing Experience (subthemes of Problems that Were Healed, Incomplete Healings or Recurrences, and Healing of Friends and Family Members); The Connecting Network of Prayer (subthemes of Connection to God, Connection to Others, Meaning of Prayer, Methods of Prayer, and Unanswered Prayer); Spiritual Transformation of Prayer (subthemes of Changed Lives and Sense of Purpose); and Spiritual Phenomena (subthemes of Sense of God's Presence, Use of Complementary and Alternative Practices, and Mysterious Phenomena).

Department of Nursing, Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Connecticut.

Correspondence: Mary Blaszko Helming, PhD, FNP, AHN-BC, Quinnipiac University, 275 Mt Carmel Ave, Hamden, CT 06518 (maryaprn@aol.com).

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.