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Health Education and Health Promotion ; 10(1):1-12, 2022.
Article in English | Scopus | ID: covidwho-1989889

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Aims: This study aimed to assess the impact of Benson's Relaxation Technique (PRT) on psychological distress and sleep quality among older people's during COVID 19 pandemic. Instrument & Methods: A quasi‐experimental research design was used to achieve the aim of this study. 95 elders, recruited randomly as follows;50 from Geriatric social club in Zagazig City, 20 from El‐Resala geriatric house in Zagazig City, and 25 from geriatric home in Met Ghamr City. Three tools were utilized for data collection, namely, Interview questionnaire sheet, Depression Anxiety Stress Scales (DASS) for measuring depression, anxiety as well as stress, and Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) for measuring sleep quality. Findings: More than three‐quarters of the participants had chronic diseases. The majority had unsatisfactory knowledge about Benson's Relaxation Technique at the pre‐intervention phase. Two thirds of elders had severe depression level;slightly less than two thirds had severe anxiety, about three quarters had severe stress at the pre‐intervention phase with statistical significant reduction post intervention phase. The majority had poor sleep quality (97.9%) at the pre‐intervention phase, which decreased at the post‐intervention phase to 50.5%. Conclusion: This study concluded that. Benson's Relaxation Technique have great effect on psychological distress and sleep quality of elderly people. Gero‐psychiatric nurses should encourage elderly people to apply BRT for enhancement of their psychological wellbeing. © 2022, Tarbiat Modares University. All rights reserved.

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