Impact of iyengar yoga on quality of life in young women with rheumatoid arthritis

Evans, Subhadra, Moieni, Mona, Lung, Kirsten, Tsao, Jennie, Sternlieb, Beth, Taylor, Mihaela and Zeltzer, Lonnie 2013, Impact of iyengar yoga on quality of life in young women with rheumatoid arthritis, Clinical journal of pain, vol. 29, no. 11, pp. 988-997, doi: 10.1097/AJP.0b013e31827da381.

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Title Impact of iyengar yoga on quality of life in young women with rheumatoid arthritis
Author(s) Evans, SubhadraORCID iD for Evans, Subhadra
Moieni, Mona
Lung, Kirsten
Tsao, Jennie
Sternlieb, Beth
Taylor, Mihaela
Zeltzer, Lonnie
Journal name Clinical journal of pain
Volume number 29
Issue number 11
Start page 988
End page 997
Total pages 10
Publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Place of publication Philadelphia, Pa.
Publication date 2013-11
ISSN 1536-5409
Keyword(s) Adult
Arthritis, Rheumatoid
Disability Evaluation
Factor Analysis, Statistical
Follow-Up Studies
Health Status
Linear Models
Muscle Stretching Exercises
Pain Measurement
Quality of Life
Surveys and Questionnaires
Young Adult
Summary OBJECTIVE: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic, disabling disease that can greatly compromise health-related quality of life (HRQoL). The aim of this study was to assess the impact of a 6-week twice/week Iyengar yoga program on HRQoL of young adults with RA compared with a usual-care waitlist control group.

METHODS: The program was designed to improve the primary outcome of HRQoL including pain and disability and psychological functioning in patients. Assessments were collected pretreatment, posttreatment, and at 2 months after treatment. Weekly ratings of anxiety, depression, pain, and sleep were also recorded. A total of 26 participants completed the intervention (yoga=11; usual-care waitlist=15). All participants were female (mean age=28 y).

RESULTS: Overall attrition was low at 15%. On average, women in the yoga group attended 96% of the yoga classes. No adverse events were reported. Relative to the usual-care waitlist, women assigned to the yoga program showed significantly greater improvement on standardized measures of HRQoL, pain disability, general health, mood, fatigue, acceptance of chronic pain, and self-efficacy regarding pain at posttreatment. Almost half of the yoga group reported clinically meaningful symptom improvement. Analysis of the uncontrolled effects and maintenance of treatment effects showed improvements in HRQoL general health, pain disability, and weekly ratings of pain, anxiety, and depression were maintained at follow-up.

CONCLUSIONS: The findings suggest that a brief Iyengar yoga intervention is a feasible and safe adjunctive treatment for young people with RA, leading to HRQoL, pain disability, fatigue, and mood benefits. Moreover, improvements in quality of life, pain disability, and mood persisted at the 2-month follow-up.
Language eng
DOI 10.1097/AJP.0b013e31827da381
Field of Research 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
1103 Clinical Sciences
1109 Neurosciences
Socio Economic Objective 920401 Behaviour and Health
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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