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The Impact of Yoga on Quality of Life and Psychological Distress in Caregivers for Patients With Cancer

Andi Céline Martin
Melanie R. Keats
ONF 2014, 41(3), 257-264 DOI: 10.1188/14.ONF.257-264

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.

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