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Effect of Yoga as Nursing Intervention on Stress, Anxiety and Quality of Life among Cervical Cancer Patients

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  • Srimanta Sankaradeva University of Health Sciences
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Abstract

The experience of cancer can have a significant impact on patient's quality of life. Using suitable alternative medicine like yoga helps to provide a holistic approach to cancer care. Clinical and anecdotal reports of yoga for cancer patients suggest physical and psychological benefits and an increased sense of participation in the treatment and recovery process. By using a combination of therapies, self care and life style based interventions can contribute to improve their quality of life. The specific objective of this study was to determine the effect of supportive therapy for women with cervical cancer on the non physiologic parameters. A convenience sample of women with cervical cancer (stages 1 to 3), newly diagnosed patients participated in the study. A total of 24 patients were enrolled in the experimental and in the control group. Demographic information and a baseline assessment of Stress, Anxiety and Quality of life were done before the intervention. The intervention consisted of 3 week duration of 30 minute duration 5 days a week yoga session. Participants participated in the yoga session under the supervision of a nurse trained in the Yoga practice. Majority of the participants were illiterate or functionally literate and belonged to the low income group. The mean anxiety score in both the experimental and control group was 48 (high medium anxiety) and the mean score for stress was 22 in both the groups. Both the groups had average quality of life with a mean score of 128 in the experimental and control group. Yoga can be integrated into the nursing practice as a supportive therapy for women with cervical cancers. Mind body therapies enhances the mind's ability to control bodily functions thus improving the end result of a longer and higher quality life for many cancer patients.

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