Sissyl wrote:Yeah. Abstracts are pretty lame. I want to know if they have done it RCT or not, otherwise placebo can far and away explain it and more. And... call me a skeptic, but I seriously doubt that a study on social workers' methods set rigorous methods enough to check for placebo. And I am not paying for reading the whole article.
I managed to get access. Skimmed it. They organized it well enough that I could find the results in question, which turned out to be a very slight correlation between positive outcomes and face-to-face prayer. Discussing the results here is rather unscientific, I confess; but maybe their prognosis improved because they had more attention, companionship (or the bedpan got emptied more often)?
This doesn't support or refute LT's claim, since I really don't believe a single lit review gives us anything to go on.
Of course you could have skimmed it and saw that it was well enough organized to provide the needed information BEFORE you criticized it for being an abstract.
You COULD have done that. But, it provided evidence in support of prayer, so you were compelled to judge it before even reading it.