Prevalence and characteristics of Australian women who use prayer or spiritual healing: A nationally representative cross-sectional study.

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Complementary therapies in medicine, 2016, 27 pp. 35 - 42
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To determine the prevalence and characteristics of users of prayer or spiritual healing among Australian women aged 31-36 years.This cross-sectional study was conducted as a part of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health (ALSWH). The sample used in the current sub-study were participants from the 'young' cohort (1973-78) (n=8180) aged between 31 and 36 years.Use of prayer or spiritual healingPrayer or spiritual healing was used on a regular basis by 20% of women aged between 31 and 36 years in 2009. Women who had symptoms of chronic illnesses (p=0.001), women who had never smoked (p=0.001) and women who used other forms of CAM (p<0.001) were significantly more likely to use prayer or spiritual healing.A significant proportion of women use prayer or spiritual healing on a regular basis. Further research is required to better understand their rationale for using prayer or spiritual healing and its perceived impact on health related outcomes and general well-being.
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