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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 266-270

Effectiveness of group versus individual yoga exercises on fatigue of patients with multiple sclerosis

1 Department of Nursing and Midwifery, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran
2 Department of Nursing and Midwifery, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Sari, Iran
3 Department of Neurology, Islamic Azad University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran

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Naiereh Aghaei
Master of Science of Nursing, Nursing and Midwifery Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Sari
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Source of Support: This study supported fi nancially by Deputy of Research of Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1947-2714.159332

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Background: Multiple sclerosis disorders poses heavy physical and emotional effect on patients who are associated with the disease. Aim: This study aimed to compare the effectiveness of individual versus group exercises on fatigue on patients with multiple sclerosis. Materials and Methods: In this clinical trial, 85 patients with multiple sclerosis were divided in two groups of individualized exercise and team exercise. The intervention was conducted for 6 weeks and comprised of mild stretching and basic yoga exercises twice a day. The data were collected through demographic questionnaire, standard fatigue scale and self-reported checklist. Data analysis was performed by SPSS software. Results: The mean levels of fatigue perception after the intervention in group exercise was 27.9 ± 15.9 and 27.1 ± 17.2 in individual exercise. There was no significant difference between the two groups (P > 0.05). Statistically significant difference was observed in the mean level of perceived fatigue in triplicate measurements (P = 0.013) among patients who completed individual exercise. However, this difference was not significant in the group exercise. Conclusion: Performing mild stretching exercises and basic yoga are recommended as a cost-effective method which is easy to perform among patients with mild to moderate disabilities.

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