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An experimental prospective study on effectiveness of brief heartfulness-based start ‘U’p program on anxiety and perceived stress in allied health students

PUBLISHED June 30, 2023 (DOI: https://doi.org/10.54985/peeref.2306p8406695)



Sanjana T. Philip1 , Jayaram Thimmapuram2 , Himanshu Gupta1 , Tahreem Hussain Fatima1 , Subodh Rahate1 , Neelam Yeram3 , Kapil Thakur4 , Mansee Thakur5
  1. Department of Medical Biotechnology, CRL, Mahatma Gandhi Mission School of Biomedical Sciences
  2. Internal Medicine Department, Well Span York Hospital, York, Pennsylvania, United States
  3. Department of Medical Biochemistry, MGM Medical College, MGMSBS
  4. SRCM Heartfulness Meditation Centre, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
  5. Department of Medical Biotechnology & HFN Trainer, MGMSBS, MGMIHS, Kamothe, Navi Mumbai

Conference / event

International Conference-Integrative Approach to Health and Wellbeing, December 2022 (Hyderabad, India)

Poster summary

Allied health professionals (AHP) are vital in healthcare, along with doctors and nurses to provide comprehensive care. Prioritizing their mental health is crucial. Heartfulness meditation transcends individual consciousness through simple heart-based practices. This study addresses the research gap in AHPs' well-being, as previous studies focused on doctors, nurses, and medical students. It evaluates the effectiveness of a short Heartfulness-Based Start 'U'p Program in reducing anxiety and perceived stress among AH students in of MGMSBS, MGMIHS, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. Results show improved anxiety and perceived stress post-intervention. Anxiety scores dropped by an average of 2.91 points, and perceived stress scores by 1.61 points. Mindfulness, particularly nonjudging, increased significantly by 2.1 points (p ≤ 0.05). Our results indicate that heartfulness meditation practice offers an accessible and efficient method by which students’ anxiety and stress can be improved. This may also improve their engagement in learning-oriented approaches and class activities.


Beck anxiety inventory (BAI), Education, Five facet mindfulness questionnaire (FFMQ), Heartfulness meditation, Perceived stress scale (PSS), Start ‘U’p

Research areas

Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Education


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Competing interests
No competing interests were disclosed.
Data availability statement
The datasets generated during and / or analyzed during the current study are available from the corresponding author on reasonable request.
Creative Commons license
Copyright © 2023 T. Philip et al. This is an open access work distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
T. Philip, S., Thimmapuram, J., Gupta, H., Hussain Fatima, T., Rahate, S., Yeram, N., Thakur, K., Thakur, M. An experimental prospective study on effectiveness of brief heartfulness-based start ‘U’p program on anxiety and perceived stress in allied health students [not peer reviewed]. Peeref 2023 (poster).
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