Self-Management Support with Yoga on Psychological Health and Quality of Life for Breast Cancer Survivors

Oksoo Kim, Narae Heo

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to identify whether the improvement of self-management support (SMS) combined with yoga can improve anxiety, depression, stress, and quality of life in female breast cancer survivors. The SMS combined with yoga group and control group (yoga only) were comprised of 21 and 20 participants, respectively. The SMS with yoga and yoga programs were provided to each group for 8 weeks. Data obtained from self-report questionnaires included details of anxiety, depression, stress, and quality of life. The levels of anxiety, depression, and stress significantly decreased in both the SMS with yoga and control groups (p < 0.05). Moreover, the quality of life improved significantly in the SMS with yoga group (p < 0.001). Among the five quality-of-life domains (physical, social/family, emotional and functional well-being, and breast cancer subscale), social/family well-being in the SMS with yoga group was significantly higher than that in the yoga-only group (p = 0.011). Conclusions: The results show that yoga is a beneficial activity for the psychological health of breast cancer survivors. Our findings suggest that SMS strategies can improve quality of life.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4183
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume19
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2022

Keywords

  • breast cancer
  • program development
  • quality of life
  • self-management
  • yoga

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