Accession Number:

ADA608098

Title:

Feasibility of Mind-Body Intervention to Promote Wellness in Injured Soldiers

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. 17 Mar 2010-31 Aug 2012

Corporate Author:

HENRY M JACKSON FOUNDATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF MILITARY MEDICINE BETHESDA MD

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2012-11-06

Pagination or Media Count:

23.0

Abstract:

The purpose was to assess the feasibility of Qigong practice in wounded, ill and injured military Service members who had been deployed effects on stress, sleep, and somatic symptoms and to evaluate participants experience. Wounded, ill and injured military Service members experience significant stress and are at risk for developing chronic conditions. Wellness practices such as Qigong may positively impact their ability to engage in successful rehabilitation. A single-group, pre-and post-test, mixed-method pilot study was conducted to assess the feasibility of offering 20 Integral Qigong classes in a 10-week program to wounded, ill and injured military Service members in rehabilitation at a Military Treatment Facility. Feasibility outcomes included levels of attendance, attrition, dropouts, and home practice. Efficacy outcomes included stress, sleep, and somatic symptoms. Pre- and post-questionnaires and exit interviews were administered using Perceived Stress Scale PSS, Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index PSQI, Patient Health Questionnaire -15 PHQ-15, and a Client Satisfaction Questionnaire CSQ. Content Analysis methodology was used to analyze the interview data. Twenty male and six female outpatient military personnel receiving care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for deployment-related injury were enrolled. Their ages ranged from 20-53 years M35, SD9.3. Analysis Means, standard deviations and ranges for attendance, missed classes and home practice were calculated. Paired t-tests were used to compare mean scores at baseline to post intervention for those who completed post-questionnaires. Associations between attendance rates and outcome scores were analyzed. Findings Participants attended an average of 8.14 classes SD 4.9 average engagement was 5.7 SD 3.5 weeks. Reasons for dropout included discharge n5, schedule conflict n1 and unknown n5. Seven participants completed post-questionnaire

Subject Categories:

  • Stress Physiology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE