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A randomized controlled trial examining Iyengar yoga for young adults with rheumatoid arthritis: a study protocol

Evans, Subhadra, Cousins, Laura, Tsao, Jennie C, Subramanian, Saskia, Sternlieb, Beth and Zeltzer, Lonnie K 2011, A randomized controlled trial examining Iyengar yoga for young adults with rheumatoid arthritis: a study protocol, Trials, vol. 12, Article number: 19, pp. 1-16, doi: 10.1186/1745-6215-12-19.

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Title A randomized controlled trial examining Iyengar yoga for young adults with rheumatoid arthritis: a study protocol
Author(s) Evans, SubhadraORCID iD for Evans, Subhadra orcid.org/0000-0002-1898-0030
Cousins, Laura
Tsao, Jennie C
Subramanian, Saskia
Sternlieb, Beth
Zeltzer, Lonnie K
Journal name Trials
Volume number 12
Season Article number: 19
Start page 1
End page 16
Total pages 16
Publisher BioMed Central
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2011-01-21
ISSN 1745-6215
Keyword(s) Activities of Daily Living
Adolescent
Adult
Affect
Arthritis, Rheumatoid
Cytokines
Disability Evaluation
Humans
Inflammation Mediators
Los Angeles
Quality of Life
Research Design
Severity of Illness Index
Surveys and Questionnaires
Time Factors
Treatment Outcome
Yoga
Young Adult
Summary BACKGROUND: Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic, disabling disease that can compromise mobility, daily functioning, and health-related quality of life, especially in older adolescents and young adults. In this project, we will compare a standardized Iyengar yoga program for young people with rheumatoid arthritis to a standard care wait-list control condition.

METHODS/DESIGN: Seventy rheumatoid arthritis patients aged 16-35 years will be randomized into either the 6-week Iyengar yoga program (12 - 1.5 hour sessions twice weekly) or the 6-week wait-list control condition. A 20% attrition rate is anticipated. The wait-list group will receive the yoga program following completion of the first arm of the study. We will collect data quantitatively, using questionnaires and markers of disease activity, and qualitatively using semi-structured interviews. Assessments include standardized measures of general and arthritis-specific function, pain, mood, and health-related quality of life, as well as qualitative interviews, blood pressure/resting heart rate measurements, a medical exam and the assessment of pro-inflammatory cytokines. Data will be collected three times: before treatment, post-treatment, and two months following the treatment.

DISCUSSION: Results from this study will provide critical data on non-pharmacologic methods for enhancing function in rheumatoid arthritis patients. In particular, results will shed light on the feasibility and potential efficacy of a novel intervention for rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, paving the way for a larger clinical trial.
Language eng
DOI 10.1186/1745-6215-12-19
Field of Research 110399 Clinical Sciences not elsewhere classified
1102 Cardiovascular Medicine And Haematology
1103 Clinical Sciences
Socio Economic Objective 920299 Health and Support Services not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2011, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30086929

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