Accession Number : ADA553895

Title :   Evaluation of a Yoga Intervention for PTSD

Descriptive Note : Annual rept. 30 Sep 2010-29 Sep 2011

Corporate Author : BRIGHAM AND WOMENS HOSPITAL BOSTON MA

Personal Author(s) : Khalsa, Sat B

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Report Date : Oct 2011

Pagination or Media Count : 4

Abstract : Objective: This pilot study was designed to ascertain whether yoga is a feasible and effective intervention to reduce PTSD symptoms in service men and women with PTSD. Methods: Active-duty or veteran military service men and women were recruited through public advertising and VA patient populations. The yoga intervention was a 10-week, twice-weekly, 90- minute yoga intervention, with a 15-minute daily home practice. The primary outcome measure is the Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale (CAPS) at pre- and post-intervention. Results: The single armed trial cohorts of subjects (n = 10) have completed the intervention and the CAPS at baseline and post-treatment. Mean change was 18.2, indicating a statistically (t = 2.822; p = .019) and clinically significant reduction in PTSD symptoms with a 25% drop on CAPS scores. The group mean of CAPS scores at baseline was M = 70.40 (SD = 21.60), which fell in the severe PTSD symptomatology range. Post-intervention, mean CAPS score was M = 52.20 (SD = 24.10), which fell in the moderate/PTSD threshold range. Effect sizes fall into the range of existing treatments. Recruitment and treatment is continuing with a randomized controlled trial design using a waitlist control group. Conclusion: These data suggest that yoga is feasible and efficacious for PTSD treatment.

Descriptors :   *EXERCISE(PHYSIOLOGY), *MILITARY PERSONNEL, *POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER, ACTIVE DUTY, BASE LINES, CONTROL, INDICATORS, INTERVENTION, MALES, MEASUREMENT, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), PATIENTS, PILOT STUDIES, POPULATION, RANDOM VARIABLES, RECRUITING, REDUCTION, SCORING, SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS, VETERANS(MILITARY PERSONNEL), WOMEN

Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research

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