The Impact of Yoga on Quality of Life and Psychological Distress in Caregivers for Patients With Cancer
Purpose/Objectives: To assess the effects of a six-week Vinyasa yoga (VY) intervention on caregivers' overall quality of life (QOL) and psychological distress.
Design: A single-group, pre- and post-test pilot study.
Setting: University public recreational facility.
Sample: 12 informal caregivers for patients with cancer.
Methods: Caregivers participated in a six-week VY intervention and completed measures of QOL and psychological distress pre- and postintervention. Program satisfaction was measured with open-ended survey questions.
Main Research Variables: QOL, psychological distress, and program satisfaction.
Findings: Significant improvements were found in the mental component score of overall QOL and in overall psychological distress. Several subdomains of QOL and psychological distress were also improved significantly. Open-ended survey question responses revealed participants perceived physical and mental benefit from the intervention, highlighting improvements in flexibility, core and upper-body strength, balance, breathing, and energy.
Conclusions: Informal caregivers may benefit mentally and physically from participating in VY.
Implications for Nursing: Caregivers of patients with cancer characterize a group worthy of attention, research, and interventions focusing on their healthcare needs.