RESEARCH STUDY FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
How does the Institute for Spirituality & Healthcare select its future Research Studies in development?
Future Research Studies are selected based upon past individual study participants who were observed by physicians to have experienced substantial and measurable improvement of their health condition. Subsequent to discovering benevolent effects on one participant, there presents a moral imperative to conduct further research to determine the efficacy to improve health in a wider cohort of 10-20 participants.
How are Research Studies funded?
Research Studies at the Institute are sponsored by philanthropic support to our 501(c) 3 tax-exempt organization.
How are Research Studies sponsored (50-75% of study cost)?
Philanthropists may sponsor a study at 50%-75% of the study cost. This initial support is required to engage senior research scientist and assistants, plan and design the selected study, allocate funds to reserve Research Wing space, and develop study protocol. To sponsor or underwrite a Future Research Study, visit Support a Research Study.
How are Research Studies underwritten (100% of study cost)?
Philanthropists may underwrite 100% of the study cost to develop, plan, engage a team of healthcare professionals, and execute the study. This support is required to: engage chief medical advisor and medical advisors; sustain research scientists and assistants for duration; engage practitioners board-certified practitioners in SBIs; reserve the requisite facilities and lab space for the study duration; establish selection criteria; engage research assistants, videographers, and technicians; engage a senior legal advisor; establish informed consent; and to recruit, select, and schedule study participants. To sponsor or underwrite a Future Research Study, visit Support a Research Study.
How does the Institute for Spirituality & Healthcare protect and ensure the safety of members who wish to participate in its research studies?
The Institute for Spirituality & Healthcare is guided by Disciples Seminary Princeton’s Institutional Review Board (IRB). The IRB is designed to protect and safeguard those participating in Research Studies. Those who wish to participate in Research Studies to explore the efficacy of Spiritually-Based Practices and Interventions to improve health must first inform their primary care provider and understand that Spiritually-Based Interventions are not substitutes for medical care. Participants will be informed on the subject of Spiritually-Based Practices and Interventions and be given ample opportunity to ask questions before providing an informed consent.
Are Spiritually-Based Interventions (SBIs) a new discovery?
Spiritually-Based Practices and Interventions have been utilized for thousands of years to improve health and wellness. While historically there exists anecdotally many reported benevolent effects achieved through receiving Spiritually-Based Interventions (SBIs), the current levels at which science has developed cannot explain the mechanism in which Spiritually-Based Practices and Interventions deliver health benefits. To meet the unmet need of evidence-based research to determine the efficacy of SBIs to improve health, the Institute has assembled an internationally recognized team of practitioners, and scientist and physician advisors to design rigorous evidence-based research. The statements and documented benefits of Spiritually-Based Interventions and Practices on this website have not been evaluated by the FDA. Spiritually-Based Interventions and practices are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.