Yoga as Self-Care for Arthritis in Minority Communities

Sponsored by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)

Phase Quota
Phase 1

Background: - People with arthritis should be active. Regular exercise leads to less pain, more energy, improved sleep, and better day-to-day function. Yet arthritis is one of the most common reasons people give for limiting activities. - Yoga for arthritis has been studied before. However, few studies have included minorities. Making changes to yoga classes based on language and culture may help people use yoga to care for their arthritis symptoms. Researchers want to see if minority populations with arthritis will come to and benefit from yoga classes. Objectives: - To see if yoga classes designed for people with arthritis will be acceptable to minorities with arthritis. Eligibility: - Adults at least 18 years of age who are enrolled in the Natural History of Rheumatic Disease in Minority Communities study. - Participants will have osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. - Participants will be able to speak and read English or Spanish. Design: - The total study period covers 10 weeks. - The first study visit will include an initial questionnaire about health and arthritis. Participants will also have a physical exam. - Participants will have yoga classes twice a week for 8 weeks. The classes will be 1 hour long each. - After completing the yoga classes, participants will complete another questionnaire about their health. They will have a final physical exam. - Follow-up contact will be made 3 months after the end of the study.

Study Start Date: May 2012

Estimated Completion Date: March 2020

Specialties: Internal Medicine: Complementary Medicine,Orthopedic/Physical Med Rheumatology: Other Arthritis Orthopedics: Arthritis/Rheumatology Physician Assistant: Orthopedics


  • Behavioral: Yoga

Inclusion criteria

  • Adult patients enrolled in the NIAMS Natural History of
  • Rheumatic Disease in Minority Communities
  • Diagnosis of osteoarthritis (OA) or rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
  • Willingness and ability to provide informed consent
  • Age greater than or equal to 18 years

Exclusion criteria

  • Recent (less than 6 months) or planned joint surgery
  • Use of assistive ambulatory devices
  • Other significant medical or psychiatric conditions, including other inflammatory conditions
  • Hyper-mobility or unstable disease that could compromise participation in the study

Study Locations And Contact Information

  • National Institutes of Health Clinical Center 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda Maryland
    Contact: For more information at the NIH Clinical Center contact Patient Recruitment and Public Liaison Office PRPL 800-411-1222

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