Yoga for patients and carers in a palliative day care setting

Int J Palliat Nurs. 2006 Nov;12(11):519-23. doi: 10.12968/ijpn.2006.12.11.22399.


This study suggests that yoga can be of benefit to patients (and carers) in palliative care settings. Complementary therapies have been employed in our day care unit for several years--aromatherapy, reflexology and massage--and have grown in popularity, enabling relaxation and a feeling of well-being. For patients striving to remain physically fit and, in consultation with our physiotherapist, we felt there may be a role for a gentle form of yoga. A study of the literature yielded information on yoga and cancer but little evidence of its use in palliative care. Having identified a form of yoga that could be adapted for those with physical frailties-- Dru yoga--a 12-week pilot project was introduced into the day care unit. This proved to be highly successful and has now been incorporated as part of our therapeutic service.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Caregivers* / psychology
  • Day Care, Medical
  • Humans
  • Palliative Care*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Yoga*