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The Effects of Yoga in Mental Health Professional Helpers

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT02228161
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified September 2014 by Shu-Hui Yeh, Chang Bing Show Chwan Memorial Hospital.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
First Posted : August 28, 2014
Last Update Posted : September 3, 2014
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Shu-Hui Yeh, Chang Bing Show Chwan Memorial Hospital

Brief Summary:
This study will investigate if yoga exercises decrease work-related stress and improve stress adaptation in professional health helpers.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Occupation-related Stress Disorder Behavioral: Yoga Not Applicable

Detailed Description:

Mental health professional helpers including psychiatrists, nurses, psychologists, social workers and occupational therapists often call upon to maintain a good working attitude and enthusiasm, especially in the face of the evaluators of credential systems as well as supervisors' authorities. The symptoms of work-related stress of professional helpers developed day by days and affected their physical and mental health. Gradually, the professional helpers burned out. Philip Burnard (1991) mentioned professional helpers might self-neglect while helping others. These would lead to over work related stress that directly affects the physical and mental health of the professional helpers, and indirectly affects the organization to take care of the patients and their families.

According to researchers and personal experience, colleagues of mental health care developed work-related stress symptoms, such as insomnia or sleep disorder, the physiological disorders, weight fluctuations, irritable or depressed while taking care of psychiatric patients. They might take tranquilizers in order to maintain the quality of work. On the other hand, in April 2012, the researchers engaged in yoga teaching, assisting mental health care to help others of engaging in yoga practice showed that members perceived positive feelings after the yoga practice: "the mood is more relaxed," "tight body become more relaxed and soft resulting in awareness of tension and unease. This helps to modify long-term adverse stances and reduce body aches and/or sitting." For this reason, researchers began to apply yoga to the release work-related stress and enhance stress adaptation. Professional health helpers look forward to practice yoga exercises to relax work-related stress and improve stress adaptation.

It is a parallel-arm randomized control trial compare the outcome of participants assign to the experimental treatment group (yoga, with 30 participants) with those assign to a control group for 3 months (12 weeks). Experimental group receive regular 60-minutes yoga classes twice a week. We confer the difference of work-related stress relief and stress adaptation and biofeedback improvement after yoga.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 60 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Basic Science
Official Title: The Effects of Yoga on Work-related Stress and Stress Adaption Among the Professional Helpers of Psychiatry
Study Start Date : March 2013
Estimated Primary Completion Date : December 2014
Estimated Study Completion Date : December 2014

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Yoga exercise
Participatants will receive regular 60-minutes yoga classes twice a week for 3 months.
Behavioral: Yoga
Yoga group will receive regular 60-minutes yoga classes twice a week for 3 months.

No Intervention: Regular schedule of daily living
Participants will maintain regular schedule as usual.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Decrease work-related stress and improve stress adaptation. [ Time Frame: 3 months intervention ]
    Work-related stress and stress adaptation will be assessed by questionnaires including personality, work-related stress and stress adaption scale and biofeedback index using heart rate variability at two different times: (1)baseline data: before yoga program ,(2)outcome data:3 months yoga exercise, right after exercise measures post-test.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   20 Years to 60 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Mental Health Professional Helpers.
  • Without sport training.
  • Age 20~60.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Musculoskeletal injury.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT02228161

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Contact: Shu-Hui Yeh, PhD
Contact: Kuender D Yang, PhD 886-975617006

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Division of Core Laboratory; Chang Bing Show Chwan Memorial Hospital Recruiting
Changhua County, Taiwan
Contact: Shu-Hui Yeh   
Sponsors and Collaborators
Chang Bing Show Chwan Memorial Hospital
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Study Director: Shu-Hui Yeh Yeh, PhD Show Chwan Memorial Hospital & Central Taiwan University of Science and Technology
Principal Investigator: Shu-Ling Lin, MS Chang Bing Show Chwan Memorial Hospital

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Responsible Party: Shu-Hui Yeh, RN, PhD, Professor, Chang Bing Show Chwan Memorial Hospital Identifier: NCT02228161    
Other Study ID Numbers: 101107
First Posted: August 28, 2014    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: September 3, 2014
Last Verified: September 2014
Keywords provided by Shu-Hui Yeh, Chang Bing Show Chwan Memorial Hospital:
Work-related Stress,
Stress Adaptation.
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Occupational Stress
Stress Disorders, Traumatic
Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders
Mental Disorders
Occupational Diseases
Stress, Psychological
Behavioral Symptoms