Last updated on January 2019

A Trial of Yoga in Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease


Brief description of study

IBD adds additional stressors as a chronic disease that has unpredictable and sometimes embarrassing symptoms to the normal challenges that teenagers face. Stress and how stressful events are perceived, may contribute to worsening of disease. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), are used often by pediatric IBD patients and maybe beneficial in decreasing stress and improving quality of life. Yoga could be a well suited paring with standard medical therapy to decrease and provide a better sense of control and improve quality of life.

Detailed Study Description

Approximately 25% of Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is diagnosed in the pediatric age group, with the peak age of onset in the adolescent years. IBD adds additional stressors of a chronic disease with unpredictable and potentially embarrassing symptoms to the expected challenges of psychological and social adjustment that teenagers face. Various techniques, such as psychotherapy programs and IBD overnight camp experiences, have been studied to decrease psychological distress and improve quality of life. Stress, and particularly how stressful events are perceived, may play a role in triggering IBD flares. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), especially mind-body techniques are used often by pediatric IBD patients and may be beneficial in decreasing stress and improving quality of life (QOL). Yoga may be well suited as an adjunct to conventional IBD therapy to decrease stress, provide a greater sense of bodily control and improve QOL.

The primary goal of this project is to determine if a structured Yoga program, in addition to standard medical therapy, improves HRQOL in pediatric patients diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Investigators will also examine if the yoga program improves self efficacy, which is a person's belief about their ability to influence events that affect their lives. Disease response and remission rates will be followed as well, in order to stratify HRQOL outcomes in the yoga group.

Patients will each serve as their own control and complete questionnaires at enrollment and at the start and end of the 12 week group yoga class sessions. They will also complete the questionnaires three months after finishing the class sessions. .The program will consist of a live group class session over 12 weeks. Baseline and follow-up questionnaires will be used to determine there are changes in QOL, self-efficacy, and disease response.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03338894

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Morristown Memorial Hospital/Goyerb Children's Hospital
Morristown, NJ United States
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Naomi Pressman, MS, RD

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia/Roberts Center for Pediatric Research
Philadelphia, PA United States
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Recruitment Status: Open


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