A study reveals the benefits of having a sacred heart hospital
In a study published in the American Journal of Cardiology, researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have found that having a hospitalised person in the intensive care unit (ICU) of a religious institution reduces the risk of death by about 50%.
The researchers looked at the mortality rates in the United States between 2004 and 2009 and compared them to the mortality ratios in the general population.
They also found that hospitalisation in an ICU was associated with a significant reduction in the likelihood of dying from the following causes: heart attack, stroke, lung cancer, pneumonia, and coronavirus.
The researchers concluded that “the combination of a hospitalisation and religious institution is associated with significantly reduced mortality from heart attack and stroke in a general population, and a significant decrease in death from pneumonia.”
The researchers further found that hospitals were less likely to be associated with deaths from these three other conditions.
“There are no clear or convincing health benefits of religious hospitals over non-religious hospitals,” said lead author Dr Sarah O’Donnell.
“We wanted to understand if there was something that was specific about hospitals and religion, or if it was simply a statistical coincidence that religious hospitals were more likely to have better outcomes for patients with chronic disease.
We found that the hospitalisation of a patient in an evangelical religious institution reduced their odds of dying by 50%.”
This is significant, given the estimated 4.5 million people who are in a religious hospital in the US alone, or one in 10 US adults,” Dr O’Connell added.
In the United Kingdom, the Royal College of Surgeons recently released a report showing that the mortality rate in the Royal Free Hospital in London was higher than in a comparable NHS hospital.”
“It also shows that there is a significant association between religious hospitals and mortality from a range of common diseases, including heart disease, cancer and chronic illness. “
“If the Royal Home were to offer free care in a similar way, we would expect to see an increase in mortality rates and a reduction in overall hospital admissions.””
According to the researchers, the hospitalization rate in religious institutions was around 5% higher than that of non-religions.”
If the Royal Home were to offer free care in a similar way, we would expect to see an increase in mortality rates and a reduction in overall hospital admissions.”
According to the researchers, the hospitalization rate in religious institutions was around 5% higher than that of non-religions.
However, the study does not say how many people would be affected if the UK was to change its laws to allow religious hospitals to be used as ambulatory surgical centres, or as an ICUS for the elderly and those with conditions such as heart disease.
“As a general rule, non-health professionals are more than happy to provide services to patients who come to them for medical treatment,” Dr Sperberg said.
“In contrast, health professionals are generally uncomfortable providing services to people who come for non-medical reasons.”
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