The Impact of Laughter Yoga on the Stress of Cancer Patients before Chemotherapy

authors:

avatar Shadi Farifteh 1 , * , avatar Alireza Mohammadi-Aria 2 , avatar Alireza Kiamanesh 1 , avatar Bahram Mofid 3

Dept. of Psychology, Islamic Azad University Science and Research Branch, Tehran, Iran
Dept. Educational Psychology, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran
Radiotherapy Group, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

how to cite: Farifteh S , Mohammadi-Aria A, Kiamanesh A, Mofid B. The Impact of Laughter Yoga on the Stress of Cancer Patients before Chemotherapy. Int J Cancer Manag. 2014;7(4):e80554.

Abstract

Background: Cancer is usually accompanied by considerable stress for the sufferer, and the stress has destructive effects on Chemotherapy treatment process. Therefore, the current research deals with the effect of yoga laughter on the cancer patients’ stress before chemotherapy.
Methods: In this research, as the first step, 37 cancer sufferers , who had been hospitalized in Shohada Tajrish Hospital (Behnam Daneshpoor Charity Organization) and had the requirements necessary for being taken as research samples, were selected for data collection. The mentioned patients were classified randomly in experimental and control groups. Collected data were analyzed by the multi-variable covariance analysis test.
Results: The results show there is a meaningful difference in the stress average before and after interference in the test group (p<0.05).
Conclusion: Laughter yoga can decrease the stress in cancer sufferers before chemotherapy.

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