A mixed-methods evaluation of complementary therapy services in palliative care: yoga and dance therapy

L. E. Selman, J. Williams, V. Simms

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To inform service provision and future research, we evaluated two complementary therapy services: yoga classes and dance therapy [The Lebed Method (TLM)]. Both were run as 6-week group courses. Patients completed the Measure Yourself Concerns and Wellbeing questionnaire pre-and post-course. Mean change over time was calculated for patient-nominated concern and well-being scores. Qualitative data regarding factors affecting health other than the therapy and benefits of the service were analysed using content analysis. Eighteen patients participated (mean age 63.8 years; 16 female; 14 cancer diagnoses); 10 were doing yoga, five TLM, and three both yoga and TLM; 14 completed more than one assessed course. Patients' most prevalent concerns were: mobility/fitness (n = 20), breathing problems (n = 20), arm, shoulder and neck problems (n = 18), difficulty relaxing (n = 8), back/postural problems (n = 8), fear/anxiety (n = 5). Factors affecting patients' health other than the therapy were prevalent and predominantly negative (e.g. treatment side effects). Patients reported psycho-spiritual, physical and social benefits. Concern scores improved significantly (P <0.001) for both therapies; improved well-being was clinically significant for yoga. Evaluations of group complementary therapy services are feasible, can be conducted effectively and have implications for future research. Yoga and TLM may be of benefit in this population.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87 - 97
Number of pages11
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012


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