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Functional and Psychosocial Effects of Health Qigong in Patients with COPD
 
April 28, 2011 -
The initial gain from a Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program (PRP) among patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) begins to fade away 6 months after the completion of a rehabilitation program. One possible reason may be due to the poor compliance of the patients to the existing forms of home exercise program (e.g., walking, weight training activities, etc.).
 
Researchers from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University tested the efficacy of Health Qigong (HQG), a traditional Chinese exercise, as an adjunct home exercise program in optimizing the gains obtained from PRP until 6 months after discharge.
 
This was a randomized controlled trial on a mind-body exercise intervention. Eighty patients with COPD receiving conventional PRP pulmonary rehabilitation program were randomized to the Qigong intervention group (n?=?40) and control group (n?=?40).
 
Assessments were undertaken by blinded assessors at baseline, discharge from training, and follow-up at 3 and 6 months. Primary outcomes involved functional capacity scales and secondary outcomes involved quality-of-life scales. Results: Intention-to-treat analysis identified trends of improvement in all outcome measures in the Health Qigong group, whereas lesser improvement and trends of deteriorations were identified in the control group. Ancillary analysis using a per-protocol method, however, identified significantly better improvements in functional capacity measures among the Health Qigong group at the 6-month follow-up.
 
Conclusions: This RCT provided some evidence to support the positive effect of Health Qigong as an adjunct home exercise for rehabilitation among people with COPD and to support further related research.
 
This study is published in the March 2011 issue of Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.

 

 


 
 

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