Standardised Questionnaires for Outcomes in Yoga Therapy

We are really looking forward to the printing of this paper on the implementation of patient-reported outcome measures in yoga therapy.

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I am really looking forward to the printing of this paper on the implementation of patient-reported outcome measures in yoga therapy. The description of the paper, linked below, was released yesterday. It describes how yoga therapists are interested in knowing whether their therapeutic interventions are helpful in improving health and well-being in their yoga therapy clients, despite few of them, according to these researchers, using standardised, reliable, and valid questionnaires to determine the therapeutic effectiveness of their treatments.

Patient-reported outcome (PRO) measures are questionnaires used to assess an individual's perceptions of their symptoms and/or quality of life. These are based on three domains of interest: physical, mental, and social health and are reliable, valid, easy to read, easy to complete, are available in multiple languages and come in both adult and child versions. The postulation is that the use of standardised questionnaires such as these may improve yoga therapy implementation in healthcare and accelerate translation of clinical research by allowing yoga therapists to conduct in depth symptom assessments using tools that allow for comparisons to other therapeutic clinical and research interventions. I definitely like the sound of this and will post the full paper when it is released. Have a lovely weekend everyone :)

Heather Mason

Founder of the Minded Institute, The Minded Institute

Heather Mason is a leader in the field of mind-body therapy and the founder of Yoga Therapy for the Mind. She develops innovative methods for mental health treatment drawing on her robust educational background including an MA in Psychotherapy, an MA in Buddhist Studies, studies in Neuroscience and a current MSc in Medical Physiology.. She is also a 500 RYT, a yoga therapist and an MBCT facilitator. Heather offers various professional trainings for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals and therapists, lectures around the world, and delivers training to medical students. She also develops protocols for different client populations by translating cutting edge research from the psycho-biology and neuro-biology of stress into yoga practices, breathwork, mindfulness interventions and therapeutic holding. Further she is involved in research on the efficacy of these practices, holds the annual UK yoga therapy conference and is blazing the trail for the integration of yoga therapy into the NHS