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Asolepius
9th July 2004, 01:25 AM
Hi folks - I am just working my way through the JREF forums so I'm new here. You may be interested in some research I came across on effects of religious beliefs in cancer patients:

http://www.nice.org.uk/pdf/SupportivePalliative_Research_Evidence_SecondCons. pdf

For those who don't know, NICE is the UK's National Institute of Clinical Excellence, and this is from a clinical guideline. You will find the relevant stuff on page 172. The bottom line seems to be that belief almost always makes people feel more positive, but sometimes they deteriorate physically more than non-believers, and sometimes the reverse.