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doi: 10.1097/PEP.0b013e318235628c
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Feasibility Study: The Effect of Therapeutic Yoga on Quality of Life in Children Hospitalized With Cancer

Geyer, Russell MD; Lyons, Anne MSPT; Amazeen, Linda PTA/L; Alishio, Lisha OTA/L; Cooks, Laura OTR

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Purpose: To describe the effect of therapeutic yoga on child and parental reports of quality of life in children hospitalized with oncological diagnoses.

Methods: Six children participated in 5 yoga sessions over 2 months. The PedsQL 4.0 was administered to each child and participating parent/caregivers at baseline and after completion of the yoga intervention. The Wilcoxon nonparametric rank test measured individual differences over time.

Results: Statistically significant differences (P < .05) were found in child perception of gross motor function.

Conclusion: These feasibility study data suggest that therapeutic yoga positively affected child perception of gross motor function measured on the PedsQL 4.0. Further studies are needed, including a randomized control trial and with a larger number of participants, to clarify and confirm the effect of therapeutic yoga.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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