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BMC Complement Altern Med. 2017 Apr 4;17(1):198. doi: 10.1186/s12906-017-1705-4.

Results from a clinical yoga program for veterans: yoga via telehealth provides comparable satisfaction and health improvements to in-person yoga.

Author information

1
War Related Illness and Injury Study Center, VA Palo Alto Healthcare System, 3801 Miranda Avenue, Palo Alto, CA, 94301, USA. robert.schulz-heik@va.gov.
2
War Related Illness and Injury Study Center, VA Palo Alto Healthcare System, 3801 Miranda Avenue, Palo Alto, CA, 94301, USA.
3
Palo Alto University, 1791 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto, CA, 94304, USA.
4
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA, 94305-2004, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Yoga is increasingly popular, though little data regarding its implementation in healthcare settings is available. Similarly, telehealth is being utilized more frequently to increase access to healthcare; however we know of no research on the acceptability or effectiveness of yoga delivered through telehealth. Therefore, we evaluated the feasibility, acceptability, and patient-reported effectiveness of a clinical yoga program at a Veterans Affairs Medical Center and assessed whether these outcomes differed between those participating in-person and those participating via telehealth.

METHODS:

Veterans who attended a yoga class at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System were invited to complete an anonymous program evaluation survey.

RESULTS:

64 Veterans completed the survey. Participants reported high satisfaction with the classes and the instructors. More than 80% of participants who endorsed a problem with pain, energy level, depression, or anxiety reported improvement in these symptoms. Those who participated via telehealth did not differ from those who participated in-person in any measure of satisfaction, overall improvement (p = .40), or improvement in any of 16 specific health problems.

CONCLUSIONS:

Delivering yoga to a wide range of patients within a healthcare setting appears to be feasible and acceptable, both when delivered in-person and via telehealth. Patients in this clinical yoga program reported high levels of satisfaction and improvement in multiple problem areas. This preliminary evidence for the effectiveness of a clinical yoga program complements prior evidence for the efficacy of yoga and supports the use of yoga in healthcare settings.

KEYWORDS:

Effectiveness; Feasibility; Telehealth; Yoga

PMID:
28376861
PMCID:
PMC5381127
DOI:
10.1186/s12906-017-1705-4
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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