Percorso:ANSA.it > News in English > News

Religion promotes health recovery

Italian study finds faith link to transplant survival

12 August, 18:20
Religion promotes health recovery (ANSA) - Rome, August 12 - Religious transplant patients have a greater chance of survival than those who don't believe in God, the results of an Italian study published on Thursday suggest. The research by the Clinical Physiology Institute of the Pisa National Research Council (IFC-CNR) drew its conclusions after studying 179 liver transplant patients over a four-year period. There was a marked difference in the survival rate between the deeply religious and those without faith, the research found. Four years after their operation, 93.5% of the faithful were still alive, compared to just 79.5% of non-believers. In other words, the mortality rate was three times higher among those who didn't believe in God - 20.5% compared to 6.6%. "This is a statistically significant difference," explained study leader psychologist Franco Bonaguidi. "It reduces the likelihood of a false positive to 2.6%, considerably lower than the conventional threshold of 5%".

The findings were based on a lengthy questionnaire about beliefs, controlled for a series of other factors including the age of recipient and donor, gender, education and employment, the nature of the disease and the type of transplant.

Faith clearly made a difference, the team concluded, but the findings also indicated that simply paying lip service to religion was not sufficient in itself. "The relevant factor is actively seeking the help of God, which is not about following a denominational faith," said Bonaguidi.

"Instead it is about an intimate side of people's personalities, which leads them to approach a serious disease as a chance to reconsider their own existence and values, and reassess its spiritual and transcendent elements". The Italian study is not the first to find a link between faith and health but it is the first to focus specifically on transplant recovery rates. Suggested explanations for this effect have focused both on physical and psychological benefits. In terms of the physical, religious precepts often promote healthy lifestyles, for example discouraging tobacco, alcohol, sexual promiscuity and excessive meat consumption. From a psychological viewpoint, suggestions have included a sense of purpose and structure, and close support networks.

Top News

    • 13:09
    • 09 apr
    • ROMA

    Fecondazione eterologa, cade il divieto

    La Corte Costituzionale lo hanno dichiarato illegittimo
    • 12:09
    • 09 apr
    • MILANO

    Intesa paga 294 mln 'tassa Bankitalia'

    Segue Unicredit (196), ma su parametri patrimoniali impatto soft
    • 11:40
    • 09 apr
    • VATICANO

    Papa: tacciano le armi in Siria

    Dolore per assassinio gesuita Van der Lugt e per vittime guerra
    • 10:43
    • 09 apr
    • MILANO

    Garlasco: mamma Rita, ho ancora fiducia

    E' cominciato il processo d'appello bis, Stasi è in aula
    • 09:03
    • 09 apr
    • MILANO

    Borsa: Milano apre in rialzo, +0,24%

    Identico aumento per l'indice Ftse All share
    • 09:00
    • 09 apr
    • ROMA

    Immigrazione: Alfano,un morto su barcone

    Continuano sbarchi, 4.000 migranti soccorsi in ultime 48 ore
    • 07:01
    • 09 apr
    • ROMA

    Mafia, colpo a cosche in E-R

    Operazione cc regione e Crotone,13 ordinanze,sequestro da 13 mln
    • 06:36
    • 09 apr
    • ISLAMABAD

    Pakistan:bomba a mercato,almeno 15 morti

    Ordigno ad alto potenziale in zona controllata forze sicurezza
    • 01:05
    • 09 apr
    • ROMA

    Immigrazione: Alfano, è allarme sbarchi

    Non bastano 80 mln Ue per Frontex. Def grazie a nostra azione
    • 00:23
    • 09 apr
    • NEW YORK

    Australia e Svezia, paradisi per giovani

    Secondo studio Usa. Italia fuori da classifica prime 30 nazioni