Yoga for Rheumatoid Arthritis
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Yoga for Persons With Rheumatoid Arthritis|
- Physical Health [ Time Frame: baseline, post intervention, follow-up ]Assessed using SF36 Physical Component Score
- Mobility/Fitness [ Time Frame: baseline, posttest, follow-up ]Change in flexibility, balance, strength, walk time
- RA Disease Activity [ Time Frame: baseline, post intervention, follow-up ]DAS28 CRP score
- Psychological Function [ Time Frame: baseline, , posttest, follow-up ]Change in SF36 MCS, CES-D, PANAS, Perceived Stress and Arthritis Self Efficacy
- HRQL [ Time Frame: baseline, post intervention, follow-up ]Change in SF36 domains
|Study Start Date:||August 2006|
|Study Completion Date:||August 2011|
|Primary Completion Date:||August 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
8-week yoga program
8-week yoga program.
No Intervention: 2
Usual care control
Yoga is a set of ancient Indian theories and practices, focusing on unifying mind, body, and spirit, and promoting strength, balance, and flexibility. The physical aspect of yoga includes poses, breathing techniques, and relaxation. Inflammatory arthritis, a chronic disease characterized by inflammation of the lining of the joints, can cause long-term joint damage, resulting in chronic pain, loss of function, and disability.
The primary objective of this study is to learn how people with inflammatory arthritis and knee osteoarthritis respond to an exercise program of yoga. To accomplish this, 30 persons with inflammatory arthritis or knee osteoarthritis will be randomly assigned to one of two groups. Group one will begin an immediate 8-week program of yoga classes consisting of 60-minute sessions, twice a week. Group two, or the "waitlist" control group, will receive 8 weeks of arthritis education followed by the same 8-week yoga program as group one. Participants also will have blood drawn, and complete various tests. The yoga classes will be taught by an experienced, certified yoga instructor, and are designed especially for the needs of people with inflammatory arthritis and knee osteoarthritis.
This study will provide important data on integrating mind-body activities into the treatment of inflammatory arthritis and knee osteoarthritis.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00349869
|United States, Maryland|
|Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center, 5501 Hopkins-Bayview Circle, Ste 1B.14|
|Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21224|
|Principal Investigator:||Susan J. Bartlett, Ph.D.||Associate Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins Rheumatology|