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HK J Paediatr (New Series)
Vol 29. No. 2, 2024

HK J Paediatr (New Series) 2024;29:59-68

Original Article

The Beneficial Effects of Breathing and Relaxation Exercises on Psychological Status, Sleep, and Quality of Life in Children and Caregivers of Children with Cystic Fibrosis

M Kalyoncu, H Mursaloğlu, Z Yerlikaya, CY Yegit, M Yana, A Gulieva, B Uzunoğlu, G Tastan, AP Ergenekon, EE Eralp, Y Gokdemir, F Karakoç, B Karadag


Purposeː Cystic fibrosis causes high levels of anxiety and depression. Breathing and Relaxation Exercises effectively manage stress in chronic diseases; however, there are no studies on cystic fibrosis. We aimed to investigate changes in children's quality of life, sleep status, and their parents' quality of life and psychological level after exercise. Methodsː The same psychologist performed exercises for children (n:68) and their families. Cystic Fibrosis Questionnaire-Revised Child and Sleep Questionnaire were administered to the children at baseline and after three months and the Cystic Fibrosis Questionnaire-Revised Parents and other psychological questionnaires were also used for caregivers. Findingsː There was a significant improvement in depression, anxiety, sleep, and life satisfaction scale scores before and after exercise (p<0.05). Conclusionsː Breathing and relaxation exercises may help to improve depression, anxiety, life satisfaction, and sleep scales for parents of children with cystic fibrosis.

Keyword : Anxiety; Breathing and relaxation exercises; Cystic fibrosis; Depression; Quality of life


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