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Iyengar yoga for young adults with rheumatoid arthritis: results from a mixed-methods pilot study

Evans, Subhadra, Moieni, Mona, Taub, Rebecca, Subramanian, Saskia K., Tsao, Jennie C.I., Sternlieb, Beth and Zeltzer, Lonnie K. 2010, Iyengar yoga for young adults with rheumatoid arthritis: results from a mixed-methods pilot study, Journal of pain and symptom management, vol. 39, no. 5, pp. 904-913, doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2009.09.018.

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Title Iyengar yoga for young adults with rheumatoid arthritis: results from a mixed-methods pilot study
Author(s) Evans, Subhadra
Moieni, Mona
Taub, Rebecca
Subramanian, Saskia K.
Tsao, Jennie C.I.
Sternlieb, Beth
Zeltzer, Lonnie K.
Journal name Journal of pain and symptom management
Volume number 39
Issue number 5
Start page 904
End page 913
Total pages 10
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2010-05-05
ISSN 0885-3924
1873-6513
Keyword(s) Adolescent
Adult
Arthritis, Rheumatoid
Depression
Female
Health Status
Humans
Male
Pain Management
Pain Measurement
Pilot Projects
Quality of Life
Self Efficacy
Severity of Illness Index
Surveys and Questionnaires
Treatment Outcome
Yoga
Summary CONTEXT: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic disease that often impacts patient's quality of life. For young people with RA, there is a need for rehabilitative approaches that have been shown to be safe and to lead to improved functioning. OBJECTIVES: This pilot study investigated the feasibility of a single-arm, group-administered, six-week, biweekly Iyengar yoga (IY) program for eight young adults with RA. METHODS: IY is known for its use of props, therapeutic sequences designed for patient populations, emphasis on alignment, and a rigorous teacher training. Treatment outcomes were evaluated using a mixed-methods approach that combined quantitative results from standardized questionnaires and qualitative interviews with participants. RESULTS: Initial attrition was 37% (n=3) after the first week because of scheduling conflicts and a prior non-RA related injury. However, the remaining participants (n=5) completed between 75% and 100% of treatment sessions (mean=95%). No adverse events were reported. The quantitative results indicated significant improvements in pain, pain disability, depression, mental health, vitality, and self-efficacy. Interviews demonstrated improvement in RA symptoms and functioning but uncertainty about whether the intervention affected pain. CONCLUSION: These preliminary findings indicate that IY is a feasible complementary approach for young people with RA, although larger clinical trials are needed to demonstrate safety and efficacy.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2009.09.018
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2010, U.S. Cancer Pain Relief Committee
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30086933

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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