Near-Death Experiences of Hospitalized Intensive Care Patients: A Five-Year Clinical Study

Author: Sartori, Penny
This clinical study is the largest of its kind in the United Kingdom and the first long-term prospective study of NDEs in existence.
Most research into near-death experiences (NDEs) is based on anecdotal accounts which have no medical data to verify proximity to death or support the reports.


“[The author] does not proffer any metaphysical explanations for this phenomenon. What she does do is show that studying NDEs in a hospital context presents us with well-documented information, which does not fit easily within the parameters of our normal systems of explanation.” – Professor Paul Badham, Director of the Alister Hardy Religious Experience Research Centre, University of Wales, Lampeter

“Dr. Sartori is an intensive care nurse and brings to this book an understanding of patient care and the relationship between the patient’s illness and the NDE which have been absent in other studies.” – Dr. Peter B.C. Fenwick MB, BChir, FRCPysch, Consultant Neurologist

“. . . an excellent review of existing research and an innovative study carried out alongside her work as an intensive care nurse . . .”- Professor Christie Davies MA, Ph.D (Cantab.), School of Sociology, Politics and International Relations, University of Reading

Penny Sartori, a nurse in an ITU in Wales has written a wonderfully thorough summary of her prospective study of patients who reported an NDE." - Daniel J. Benor, Editor, International Journal of Healing and Caring

Table of Contents

Foreword by Professor Paul Badham
1. The history of NDEs
2. The limitations of the reductionist argument
3. A clinical study into NDEs in a Welsh intensive therapy unit
4. Data analysis and results
5. Discussion
6. Conclusion