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Managing Osteoarthritis: Comparisons of Chair Yoga, Reiki, and Education (Pilot Study)

Park, Juyoung PhD; McCaffrey, Ruth DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC, GNP-BC; Dunn, Dorothy PhD, RN; Goodman, Rhonda PhD, RN

doi: 10.1097/HNP.0b013e318232c5f9
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The aim of this pilot study was to determine whether chair yoga and Reiki affect pain, depressive mood, and physical function compared with an educational program for older adults with osteoarthritis. Findings showed significant relationships only between physical function and chair yoga. In focus group interviews, participants expressed feelings of improved health and well-being after the yoga intervention. The major limitation of this study was the small sample size.

School of Social Work, The Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton (Dr Juyoung Park); Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, The Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton (Drs McCaffrey and Goodman); and Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona (Dr Dunn).

Correspondence: Ruth McCaffrey, DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC, GNP-BC, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, The Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL 33431 (mccaffr@fau.edu).

This study was supported by a Florida Atlantic University mentoring grant.

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.