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Combination of Behavioral Rehabilitation and Qigong Benefit Burnout Patients on Sick Leave
June 28, 2012 -
  This study was performed by Umea University in Umea, Sweden. It is published in the June 2012 issue of Journal of rehabilitation medicine.

Objective: To evaluate the long-term effects of two different rehabilitation programs for patients on long-term sick leave for burnout.

Design: Three-year follow-up of a randomized controlled trial with two 1-year group programs: (A) cognitively oriented behavioral rehabilitation in combination with Qigong; and (B) Qigong alone. Patients: A total of 107 patients with burnout (78 women and 29 men), who all completed the 1-year rehabilitation program per-protocol, were asked to participate in the follow-up.

Methods: At the 3-year follow-up, data on psychological measures, sick leave and use of medication were compared between the programs.

Results: Patients in program A reported being significantly more recovered from their burnout, reported lower levels of burnout, used more cognitive tools learned from the program, and had reduced their use of medication for depression. No significant differences were found between the groups in terms of sick leave rates; both groups had improved.

Conclusion: A multimodal rehabilitation including cognitively oriented behavioral rehabilitation and Qigong showed positive effects 3 years after the end of intervention. The results indicate that, for many burnout patients on sick-leave, it takes time to implement cognitive tools and to establish new behaviors.




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