Kligler, B., Homel, P., Harrison, L. B., Sackett, E., Levenson, H., Kenney, J., . . . Merrell, W. (2011). Impact of the Urban Zen Initiative on patients' experience of admission to an inpatient oncology floor: a mixed-methods analysis. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 17, 729–734.doi: 10.1089/acm.2010.0533
To evaluate the impact of the Urban Zen Initiative (UZI) on quantitative and qualitative measures of the experiences of patients admitted for inpatient oncology care.
The UZI model consists of five focus points: the physical space surrounding patients, holistic nursing techniques, yoga with trained therapists, a navigator for patients, and audiovisual yoga materials at the bedside. All patients received the intervention; therefore, the investigators collected preintervention information about patients who were receiving standard care prior to the UZI intervention. Preintervention data were the basis of the control comparison. The investigators measured the outcomes immediately after admission and immediately before discharge.
Patients were undergoing the active treatment phase of care.
The study used a quasiexperimental design with historical control groups.
UZI may improve components of mood in an inpatient oncology setting. More work is needed to assess the real impact.
Providing a multifaceted healing environment, such as the UZI, within inpatient oncology settings could improve mood and perceived health status in patients with cancer. To facilitate the care process, nurses should assess patients' physical spaces; promote relaxation techniques, such as yoga breathing; and support patients.