Evaluation of the sustaining effects of Tai Chi Qigong in the sixth month in promoting psychosocial health in COPD patients: a single-blind, randomized controlled trial

ScientificWorldJournal. 2013 Oct 24:2013:425082. doi: 10.1155/2013/425082. eCollection 2013.


Objectives: To evaluate the sustaining effects of Tai Chi Qigong (TCQ) in improving the psychosocial health in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients in the sixth month.

Background: COPD affects both physical and emotional aspects of life. Measures to minimize patients' suffering need to be implemented.

Methods: 206 COPD patients were randomly assigned into three groups: TCQ group, exercise group, and control group. The TCQ group completed a three-month TCQ program, the exercise group practiced breathing and walking exercise, and the control group received usual care.

Results: Significant group-by-time interactions in quality of life (QOL) using St. George's respiratory questionnaire (P = 0.002) and the perceived social support from friends using multidimensional scale of perceived social support (P = 0.04) were noted. Improvements were observed in the TCQ group only.

Conclusions: TCQ has sustaining effects in improving psychosocial health; it is also a useful and appropriate exercise for COPD patients.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Analysis of Variance
  • Exercise
  • Humans
  • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive / therapy*
  • Qigong / methods*
  • Qigong / psychology
  • Quality of Life
  • Social Support
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Tai Ji / methods*
  • Tai Ji / psychology