Date on Paper


Document Type

Doctoral Paper

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Committee Chair

Schirmer, Sarah

Committee Member

Adelstein, Katherine

Author's Keywords

restorative yoga; burnout; anxiety; mental health workers; mindfulness; inpatient facility


Background/Significance: Burnout syndrome negatively impacts healthcare systems via quality reduction of patient care and communication, increased medical errors, hospital-acquired infections, staffing shortages, and costly malpractice suits (De Hert, 2020). The characteristic exhaustion, cynicism, job detachment, feelings of inadequacy and incompetence that emerge from burnout further hinder individual mental health and wellbeing.

Purpose: The purpose of the restorative yoga intervention strives to reduce employee anxiety, burnout and enhance mindfulness-based practice strategies within a local inpatient mental health hospital.

Methods: Quality improvement project with evidence-based interventions.

Interventions: The project intends to hold one instructor-guided and one video-guided 25-minute restorative yoga weekly session over four weeks for facility staff members to address project purpose and aims.

Results: Implementation barriers including delayed project initiation, facility personnel changes and limited staff participation contributed to lack of project data. Explanations were postulated using the Theory of Planned Behavior, and aggregate mean values for project measurements were noted.

Discussion: Deficient project data impeded hypothesized results, though project lessons may help guide future projects.

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