Efficacy of yoga for depressed postpartum women: A randomized controlled trial

Melissa M. Buttner, Rebecca L. Brock, Michael W. O'Hara, Scott Stuart

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

19 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Background: Up to 20% of women experience postpartum depression (PPD). PPD is associated with anxiety and poor health-related quality of life (HRQOL). Efficacious treatments are critical; many women with PPD prefer complementary therapies. Thus, the current study examined yoga as a complementary therapy for PPD. Methods: Fifty-seven postpartum women with scores ≥12 on the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale were randomly assigned to a yoga (. N=28) or wait-list control (. N=29) group. The yoga intervention consisted of 16 classes over 8 weeks. Outcomes were depression, anxiety, and HRQOL. Results: The yoga group experienced significantly greater rate of improvement in depression, anxiety, and HRQOL, relative to the control group with moderate to large effects. Reliable Change Index analyses revealed that 78% of women in the yoga group experienced clinically significant change. Conclusion: These findings support yoga as a promising complementary therapy for PPD, and warrant large-scale replication studies. Trial Registration: http://clinicaltrials.gov/NCT02213601.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)94-100
Number of pages7
JournalComplementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Volume21
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2015

Fingerprint

Yoga
Postpartum Depression
Postpartum Period
Randomized Controlled Trials
Complementary Therapies
Anxiety
Quality of Life
Depression
Control Groups

Keywords

  • Complementary therapy
  • Postpartum depression
  • Randomized controlled trial
  • Yoga

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine

Cite this

Efficacy of yoga for depressed postpartum women : A randomized controlled trial. / Buttner, Melissa M.; Brock, Rebecca L.; O'Hara, Michael W.; Stuart, Scott.

In: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, Vol. 21, No. 2, 01.05.2015, p. 94-100.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Buttner, Melissa M. ; Brock, Rebecca L. ; O'Hara, Michael W. ; Stuart, Scott. / Efficacy of yoga for depressed postpartum women : A randomized controlled trial. In: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. 2015 ; Vol. 21, No. 2. pp. 94-100.
@article{4ac6c48f151b473dbe50a198a74e8651,
title = "Efficacy of yoga for depressed postpartum women: A randomized controlled trial",
abstract = "Background: Up to 20{\%} of women experience postpartum depression (PPD). PPD is associated with anxiety and poor health-related quality of life (HRQOL). Efficacious treatments are critical; many women with PPD prefer complementary therapies. Thus, the current study examined yoga as a complementary therapy for PPD. Methods: Fifty-seven postpartum women with scores ≥12 on the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale were randomly assigned to a yoga (. N=28) or wait-list control (. N=29) group. The yoga intervention consisted of 16 classes over 8 weeks. Outcomes were depression, anxiety, and HRQOL. Results: The yoga group experienced significantly greater rate of improvement in depression, anxiety, and HRQOL, relative to the control group with moderate to large effects. Reliable Change Index analyses revealed that 78{\%} of women in the yoga group experienced clinically significant change. Conclusion: These findings support yoga as a promising complementary therapy for PPD, and warrant large-scale replication studies. Trial Registration: http://clinicaltrials.gov/NCT02213601.",
keywords = "Complementary therapy, Postpartum depression, Randomized controlled trial, Yoga",
author = "Buttner, {Melissa M.} and Brock, {Rebecca L.} and O'Hara, {Michael W.} and Scott Stuart",
year = "2015",
month = "5",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1016/j.ctcp.2015.03.003",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "21",
pages = "94--100",
journal = "Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice",
issn = "1744-3881",
publisher = "Churchill Livingstone",
number = "2",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Efficacy of yoga for depressed postpartum women

T2 - A randomized controlled trial

AU - Buttner, Melissa M.

AU - Brock, Rebecca L.

AU - O'Hara, Michael W.

AU - Stuart, Scott

PY - 2015/5/1

Y1 - 2015/5/1

N2 - Background: Up to 20% of women experience postpartum depression (PPD). PPD is associated with anxiety and poor health-related quality of life (HRQOL). Efficacious treatments are critical; many women with PPD prefer complementary therapies. Thus, the current study examined yoga as a complementary therapy for PPD. Methods: Fifty-seven postpartum women with scores ≥12 on the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale were randomly assigned to a yoga (. N=28) or wait-list control (. N=29) group. The yoga intervention consisted of 16 classes over 8 weeks. Outcomes were depression, anxiety, and HRQOL. Results: The yoga group experienced significantly greater rate of improvement in depression, anxiety, and HRQOL, relative to the control group with moderate to large effects. Reliable Change Index analyses revealed that 78% of women in the yoga group experienced clinically significant change. Conclusion: These findings support yoga as a promising complementary therapy for PPD, and warrant large-scale replication studies. Trial Registration: http://clinicaltrials.gov/NCT02213601.

AB - Background: Up to 20% of women experience postpartum depression (PPD). PPD is associated with anxiety and poor health-related quality of life (HRQOL). Efficacious treatments are critical; many women with PPD prefer complementary therapies. Thus, the current study examined yoga as a complementary therapy for PPD. Methods: Fifty-seven postpartum women with scores ≥12 on the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale were randomly assigned to a yoga (. N=28) or wait-list control (. N=29) group. The yoga intervention consisted of 16 classes over 8 weeks. Outcomes were depression, anxiety, and HRQOL. Results: The yoga group experienced significantly greater rate of improvement in depression, anxiety, and HRQOL, relative to the control group with moderate to large effects. Reliable Change Index analyses revealed that 78% of women in the yoga group experienced clinically significant change. Conclusion: These findings support yoga as a promising complementary therapy for PPD, and warrant large-scale replication studies. Trial Registration: http://clinicaltrials.gov/NCT02213601.

KW - Complementary therapy

KW - Postpartum depression

KW - Randomized controlled trial

KW - Yoga

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84928767680&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84928767680&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1016/j.ctcp.2015.03.003

DO - 10.1016/j.ctcp.2015.03.003

M3 - Article

C2 - 25886805

AN - SCOPUS:84928767680

VL - 21

SP - 94

EP - 100

JO - Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice

JF - Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice

SN - 1744-3881

IS - 2

ER -