Religious Beliefs Shorten Hospital Stays? Psychology Works in Mysterious Ways: Comment on Contrada et al. (2004)

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Abstract

A study by R. J. Contrada et al. (2004) suggested that religious involvement affects recovery from coronary artery bypass graft surgery. This finding makes a significant contribution to the growing literature on the role of religion in health and illness, yet it is unlikely to have a comparable impact on coronary artery bypass graft surgery research. Why? What determines the importance of psychosocial predictors of medical outcomes? How can health psychologists increase the impact of biopsychosocial research?

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-242
Number of pages4
JournalHealth Psychology
Volume23
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2004

Keywords

  • Behavioral research
  • Coronary artery bypass/complications
  • Epidemiologic research design
  • Length of stay
  • Religion and medicine

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