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A large-scale survey of adverse events experienced in yoga classes

Overview of attention for article published in BioPsychoSocial Medicine, March 2015
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Title
A large-scale survey of adverse events experienced in yoga classes
Published in
BioPsychoSocial Medicine, March 2015
DOI 10.1186/s13030-015-0037-1
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Tomoko Matsushita, Takakazu Oka

Abstract

Yoga is a representative mind-body therapy of complementary and alternative medicine. In Japan, yoga is practiced widely to promote health, but yoga-associated adverse events have also been reported. To date, the frequencies and characteristics of yoga-related adverse events have not been elucidated. This study was conducted to elucidate the frequencies and characteristics of adverse events of yoga performed in classes and the risk factors of such events. The subjects were 2508 people taking yoga classes and 271 yoga therapists conducting the classes. A survey for yoga class attendees was performed on adverse events that occurred during a yoga class on the survey day. A survey for yoga therapists was performed on adverse events that the therapists had observed in their students to date. Adverse events were defined as "undesirable symptoms or responses that occurred during a yoga class". Among 2508 yoga class attendees, 1343 (53.5%) had chronic diseases and 1063 (42.3%) were receiving medication at hospitals. There were 687 class attendees (27.8%) who reported some type of undesirable symptoms after taking a yoga class. Musculoskeletal symptoms such as myalgia were the most common symptoms, involving 297 cases, followed by neurological symptoms and respiratory symptoms. Most adverse events (63.8%) were mild and did not interfere with class participation. The risk factors for adverse events were examined, and the odds ratios for adverse events were significantly higher in attendees with chronic disease, poor physical condition on the survey day, or a feeling that the class was physically and mentally stressful. In particular, the occurrence of severe adverse events that interfered with subsequent yoga practice was high among elderly participants (70 years or older) and those with chronic musculoskeletal diseases. The results of this large-scale survey demonstrated that approximately 30% of yoga class attendees had experienced some type of adverse event. Although the majority had mild symptoms, the survey results indicated that attendees with chronic diseases were more likely to experience adverse events associated with their disease. Therefore, special attention is necessary when yoga is introduced to patients with stress-related, chronic diseases.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 2 3%
Japan 1 2%
Norway 1 2%
Unknown 56 93%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 11 18%
Unspecified 7 12%
Student > Bachelor 7 12%
Student > Ph. D. Student 6 10%
Researcher 5 8%
Other 20 33%
Unknown 4 7%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Nursing and Health Professions 12 20%
Medicine and Dentistry 10 17%
Sports and Recreations 7 12%
Unspecified 7 12%
Psychology 6 10%
Other 11 18%
Unknown 7 12%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 30. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 21 June 2019.
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