CJON Writing Mentorship Article

Evidence-Based Yoga Interventions for Patients With Cancer

Angela Sisk

Marsha Fonteyn

holistic nursing, integrative oncology, yoga, nursing, complementary medicine
CJON 2016, 20(2), 181-186. DOI: 10.1188/16.CJON.181-186

Background: Introducing patients with cancer to the practice of yoga can be beneficial for coping with the side effects of treatment and the psychological aspects of cancer that are often difficult and distressing for patients. Oncology nurses can learn to use simple yoga techniques for themselves and as interventions with their patients.

Objectives: This article provides details about the development and implementation of a yoga class for patients with cancer and provides details about other ways nurses can integrate yoga into oncology nursing and cancer care.

Methods: Current research literature was reviewed and synthesized to provide support for the use of yoga as an evidence-based nursing intervention. A detailed approach for implementing yoga into professional practice was delineated.

Findings: Yoga techniques can be easily integrated into nursing practice and have been shown to be beneficial for patients and nurses.

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