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 2017 University of Minnesota Research Study: Effects of Meditative Movements™ on Symptoms Of Persons with Chronic Health Conditions



Objective. This study explored the effects of Ellie's Meditative Movements™ on symptoms of persons with chronic health conditions.

Methods. This quasi-experimental study utilized a pretest, posttest, and follow-up design. Forty-nine participants with a chronic health condition were enrolled and 24 completed the intervention. Five teaching sessions in a group setting occurred over a seven week intervention phase and optional practice sessions occurred over a 5-week maintenance phase. Beck Anxiety Index, Beck Depression Inventory, Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy-Fatigue, Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-General, and blood pressure monitor were utilized to measure symptoms. Goal Attainment Scaling was used to measure participants' goals.

Results. There were significant improvements in symptoms of anxiety, depression, fatigue, and emotional well-being from pretest to posttest, which were maintained from posttest to follow-up. Significant improvements occurred in functional well-being and quality of life from posttest to follow-up. There were no changes in blood pressure. Most participants reported improvements with their goals. The main limitations were the small sample size and high attrition rate.

Recommendations for Future Research. There is a need for a large randomized control trial that includes a comparison control group and a long-term follow-up.

When asked what was most beneficial, research participants responded.

More calmBetter sleepFeel more positive about self Less negative attitudeMore confidence Less tired, more energy

SLACK Publication, Annals of International Occupational Therapy, APRIL 2019, Volume 2, Issue 2

 Annals of International Occupational Therapy

The Annals of International Occupational Therapy is a quarterly peer-reviewed journal that includes original articles that focus on research as related to the clinical practice of occupational therapy worldwide. To read their posted abstract on "Effects of Meditative Movements on the Symptoms of Persons With Chronic Health Conditions," click here.

Emmons T., Felts J., Peterson E., Mathiowetz V.(2019). Effects of Meditative Movements on the Symptoms of Persons With Chronic Health Conditions. Annals of International Occupational Therapy. 2(2) 57-67.

Reprinted with permission from SLACK Incorporated

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