Preprint Article Version 2 Preserved in Portico This version is not peer-reviewed

Reductions in Anxiety, Depression and Insomnia in Health Care Workers Using a Non-pharmaceutical Intervention

Version 1 : Received: 21 May 2022 / Approved: 23 May 2022 / Online: 23 May 2022 (10:07:43 CEST)
Version 2 : Received: 23 May 2022 / Approved: 24 May 2022 / Online: 24 May 2022 (04:49:45 CEST)

How to cite: B.S., K.C.; Gupta, B.V.; Shivanand, I.; Desai, A.; Bhatt, S.; Tunuguntla, H.S.; Verma, S. Reductions in Anxiety, Depression and Insomnia in Health Care Workers Using a Non-pharmaceutical Intervention. Preprints 2022, 2022050291 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202205.0291.v2). B.S., K.C.; Gupta, B.V.; Shivanand, I.; Desai, A.; Bhatt, S.; Tunuguntla, H.S.; Verma, S. Reductions in Anxiety, Depression and Insomnia in Health Care Workers Using a Non-pharmaceutical Intervention. Preprints 2022, 2022050291 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202205.0291.v2).

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant medical and psychological challenges worldwide, and not only exceeded the capacity of hospitals and intensive care units but also an individuals’ ability to cope with life. Health-care workers have continued to provide care for patients despite exhaustion, fear of transmission to themselves and their family, illness or death of friends and colleagues, and losing many patients. They have also faced additional stress and anxiety due to long shifts combined with unprecedented population restrictions, including personal isolation. In this study, we study the effect of an app-based Yoga of Immortals (YOI) intervention on mental health of healthcare workers. In this study, the health care workers were digitally recruited, and their psychological parameters were measured using validated questionaries. The participants were randomly grouped into control and test groups. The validated psychological measures were the Patient Health Questionnaire-8 (PHQ-8), Insomnia Severity Index (ISI) and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD-7) scales. The digital YOI intervention significantly reduced the anxiety, depression symptoms, and insomnia in healthcare workers of all age groups. In contrast, there was no improvement in the control group. This study details the effectiveness of an app-based YOI intervention in healthcare workers.

Keywords

Yoga of Immortals (YOI); depression; healthcare workers; insomnia; anxiety; PHQ-8 (Pa-tient Health Questionnaire-8); ISI (Insomnia Severity Index); digital health

Subject

MEDICINE & PHARMACOLOGY, Psychiatry & Mental Health studies

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Received: 24 May 2022
Commenter: Himanshu Kathuria
Commenter's Conflict of Interests: Author
Comment: The version published is the first version submitted before peer-review. Please find the revised version after 1st peer-review and corrections.
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