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Date of Award

Summer 6-15-2018

Degree Type

Dissertation (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)

Committee Chair

Jennifer Antick, PhD

Abstract

Ample research has demonstrated the impact of yoga on chronic pain, as well as its psychological correlates (e.g., mood, catastrophizing). The current study evaluated the integration of adaptive yoga into a multidisciplinary pain treatment program, utilizing previously gathered qualitative and quantitative data. Results indicate that awareness of the adaptive yoga group (i.e., structure, logistics, referral route, introducing it to patients) and its potential benefits for patients was somewhat limited across providers. Patients reported that yoga led to noticeable physical improvements (e.g., range of motion, flexibility, stamina), while facilitating a wellness-oriented mindset that allowed for relief from the psychological impacts of chronic pain. Preliminary recommendations based on qualitative feedback include increased promotion within the clinic, additional class times to accommodate for a range of patient work schedules, and developing a more clearly delineated referral process. Quantitative data was exploratory in nature, gathered through previously administered pain and health-related measures (i.e., pain catastrophizing, pain acceptance, mood) within the adaptive yoga group (n = 11) and an acceptance and commitment therapy group (n = 14). In sum, the results from the current study reflect yoga’s potential impact on complex medical patients, while illuminating provider perceptions of mind-body practices. This data will be used to inform culturally-relevant recommendations made to the clinic to more effectively integrate and utilize the adaptive yoga group, in conjunction with traditional treatments that are already offered.

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