Evaluation of the feasibility of a home-based TeleYoga intervention in participants with both chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and heart failure

DorAnne A. Donesky, Lucy Selman, Kelly McDermott, Tracie Citron, Jill Howie-Esquivel

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Abstract

Objective: Test the feasibility and clinical outcomes of a home-based videoconferencing yoga intervention in participants diagnosed with both Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and heart failure (HF). Background: Yoga has potential benefit for symptom relief in participants with COPD and with HF; however, functional impairment and transportation issues can hinder access to typical yoga classes. Methods: A controlled, nonrandomized trial was conducted of an 8-week TeleYoga intervention versus an educational control (information leaflets mailed to participants with one weekly phone call). One-hour TeleYoga classes were implemented twice weekly via multipoint videoconferencing, which connected participants to live classes via an Internet connection to their televisions. Results: Fourteen participants with COPD and HF took part in the pilot study (7 in the intervention group and 8 in the control). Intervention participants were adherent to classes, able to safely participate, and found the classes enjoyable after the 8-week program. Dyspnea after exercise improved in the intervention group. Conclusions: Despite their frailty, patients diagnosed with both COPD and HF were able to perform yoga safely in the home setting. TeleYoga was acceptable and adherence was good; however, technical issues were an important hindrance to participation.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
Early online date27 Jun 2017
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 27 Jun 2017

Keywords

  • Heart failure
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Yoga
  • Telemedicine
  • Meditation
  • Relaxation
  • Symptom management
  • Dyspnea

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