Care for the Caregiver: Evaluation of Mind-Body SelfCare for Accelerated Nursing Students.




Drew BL1, Motter T, Ross R, Goliat LM, Sharpnack PA, Govoni AL, Bozeman MC, Rababah


Holist Nurs Pract. 2016 MayJun;30(3):148-54.
doi: 10.1097/HNP.0000000000000140. regiver__Evaluation_of_Mind_Body.4.aspx


It was a quasi-experimental study (had a control group who only received a leaflet about stress) aiming to evaluate nursing students perceived stress and mindfulness following 1-hour per week of class time dedicated to mind-body self-care (yoga, mindful breathing, Reiki, and essential oil therapy). Data collected at week 1, 8 and 15 plus 3 months later. Study group: n=50 Control group: N=64 Data was collected using the Perceived Stress Scale [PSS] and Mindful Attention Awareness Scale [MAAS])


The combined self-care (yoga, mindful breathing, Reiki and aromatherapy) resulted in a statistically significant decrease in stress (PSS scores) but not in (MAAS) in the study group but not in the control group.

However, Reiki was combined with other modalities so it is unclear whether Reiki played a significant part.

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