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Med Teach. 2009 Oct;31(10):950-2. doi: 10.3109/01421590902874063.

Impact of a short yoga intervention on medical students' health: a pilot study.

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McGill University, Canada. andreeanne.simard.jmance@ssss.gouv.qc.ca

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Medical students often experience significant distress early-on in undergraduate training.

AIMS:

We aimed to demonstrate the impact of a brief structured yoga intervention on medical students.

METHOD:

Fourteen first-year medical students participated in a 16-week yoga intervention pilot study. Students completed questionnaires at baseline, mid-intervention and end of the study.

RESULTS:

The students reported improvements in overall health, perceived stress and depressive symptoms following the intervention.

CONCLUSIONS:

A yoga intervention may be effective in decreasing stress and improving general well-being in medical students.

PMID:
19877871
DOI:
10.3109/01421590902874063
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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