Research: BRAZIER and colleagues,

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Abstract

BRAZIER and colleagues, Tzu Chi Institute for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, The Art of Living Foundation, British Columbia, Canada, have evaluated an meditation and yogic breathing programme for people with HIV-AIDS.

Background

T he aim of the study was to assess the effectiveness of a group programme aimed at improving well-being among individuals living with HIV/AIDS.

Methodology

A randomized controlled trial was conducted to evaluate a residential programme designed to teach breathing, movement, and meditation techniques. 47 participants were recruited from community HIV/AIDS organizations. Standardized measures used were the Mental Health Index, the MOS-HIV Health Survey, and the Daily Stress Inventory, along with qualitative interviews.

Results

A repeated-measures analysis of variance indicated positive changes in well-being on the Mental Health Index and the MOS-HIV Health Survey, where the effect was primarily seen immediately following the programme and disappeared at later data points. The Daily Stress Inventory indicated an increase in experience and impact on stress over time for the intervention group post programme. The qualitative interviews described positive changes in how participants were living their day-to-day lives.

Conclusion

In order to capture the outcomes of this programme properly, both qualitative and quantitative measures are needed.

References

Brazier A, Mulkins A, Verhoef M. Evaluating a yogic breathing and meditation intervention for individuals living with HIV/AIDS.  American Journal of Health Promotion 20 (3): 192-195, Jan-Feb 2006.

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