Kylie Barr

The effectiveness of intradialytic yoga for fatigue in patients with End Stage Kidney Disease: a mixed methods approach


End Stage Kidney Disease (ESKD) is the severest form of chronic kidney disease. Survival necessitates renal replacement therapy via dialysis or a kidney transplant. Patients with ESKD experience a wide range of symptoms including poor physical functioning, vitality and wellbeing.

The aim of Kylie's study is to explore, measure and understand the patient experience, quality of life and health related outcomes for patients with ESKD. The goal of the study is to improve these outcomes via the use of yoga mind body practices when compared with usual care. Kylie's project will evaluate the effects of practicing yoga during haemodialysis for improving fatigue, physiological and psychological health. Results will be assessed qualitatively and quantitatively using psychological, physical and biological markers.

Kylie is a yoga teacher with an Advanced Diploma of Yoga Studies, teacher training and a Certificate in Yoga Therapy. She teaches group yoga classes in hospitals and retirement communities, and has an interest in working with individuals and groups with special needs, including those affected by chronic illnesses. In 2014, Kylie completed a Bachelor of Health Science (Hons) receiving a first class honours. She is now continuing her studies, being awarded a Western Sydney University higher degree research scholarship to complete her PhD.


Supervisors:

Professor Caroline Smith, Dr Helen Healey, Dr Bobby Cheema, Dr Freya Macmillan