Gentle Yoga as an Integrative Modality for Chronic Pain in Adult Cancer Patients
Creators:Frier, Kimberly A.
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. College of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice Final Document Projects
Background: Changes in opioid dispensing and prescribing have revised guidelines for managing chronic pain in adult cancer patients. Recommendations promote reduced opioids and use of integrative modalities for pain management. This clinical initiative implemented a clinical practice guideline (CPG) for a formal evidence-based recommendation of gentle yoga as an integrative modality in the management of chronic pain in adult cancer patients in the outpatient Palliative Medicine Clinic. Methods: The gentle yoga CPG included smart phrases for a gentle yoga exercise prescription and after-visit summary patient education instructions shared through the electronic medical record (EMR) with prescribing clinicians. Each participant received a written, signed exercise prescription, class tracking card and written patient education instructions verbally reviewed by the nursing staff at clinic discharge. Results: Twenty-six outpatient Palliative Medicine Clinic patients (13 men and 13 women) with stable chronic cancer pain were offered a formal recommendation for gentle yoga. Six participants (5 male) completed a mean of 10 gentle yoga community classes. The majority of the exercise prescriptions were prescribed by nurse practitioners (95%). Conclusion: Adult cancer patients with chronic pain can benefit from a formal recommendation of gentle yoga. An EMR written exercise prescription is a viable process for recommending gentle yoga.
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