[Chan-Chuang Qigong Improves Exercise Capacity, Depression, and Quality of Life in Patients With Heart Failure]

Hu Li Za Zhi. 2018 Oct;65(5):34-44. doi: 10.6224/JN.201810_65(5).06.
[Article in Chinese]


Background: Evidence-based research has shown the effects of traditional Chinese exercise on exercise capacity, depression, and quality of life in patients with cardiovascular disease. However, the effects of Chan-Chuang qigong on the physical and psychological status and on the quality of life of these patients are unknown.

Purpose: To investigate the effects of Chan-Chuang qigong on exercise capacity, depression, and quality of life in patients with heart failure.

Methods: A randomized controlled study with repeated measures was conducted. One hundred participants with heart failure were recruited from a teaching medical center in Taiwan. Permuted block randomization was used to randomly assign the participants to either the Chan-Chuang qigong group, which received Chan-Chuang qigong intervention for three-months, or the control group. The outcome variables included six-minute walk distance, depression, and quality of life.

Results: Generalized estimating equation analyses showed that the Chan-Chuang qigong group achieved significantly greater improvements than the control group in terms of six-minute walk distance (p = .001, p < .001, p < .001, respectively) and quality of life (p = .016, p < .001, p < .001, respectively) at 2, 4, and 12 weeks after the intervention and depression at 12 weeks after the intervention (p = .016).

Conclusions / implications for practice: The results of this study indicate that Chan-Chuang qigong improves exercise capacity, depression, and quality of life in patients with heart failure without imposing harmful side effects.

Title: 站樁氣功改善心臟衰竭病人運動耐力、憂鬱與生活品質之成效.

背景: 實證研究支持傳統中國運動能改善心臟血管疾病病人之運動耐力、憂鬱及生活品質,然而,站樁氣功對心臟衰竭病人之身心及生活品質效益尚未知曉。.

目的: 檢視站樁氣功改善心臟衰竭病人運動耐力、憂鬱及生活品質之成效。.

方法: 本研究為重複性測量隨機控制試驗,於台灣某醫學中心招收100位心臟衰竭病人,並以塊狀排列隨機分派至接受為期12週的站樁氣功組或控制組。測量變項包括六分鐘步行距離、憂鬱及生活品質。.

結果: 廣義估計方程式分析結果顯示相較於控制組,站樁氣功組於介入措施後第2、4及12週在六分鐘步行距離(分別是p = .001, p < .001, p < .001)及生活品質(分別是p = .016, p < .001, p < .001)均有顯著改善;憂鬱僅在介入措施後12週呈現顯著改善(p = .016)。.

結論/實務應用: 站樁氣功能有效改善心臟衰竭病人之運動耐力、憂鬱及生活品質,且無傷害性副作用。.

Keywords: Chan-Chuang qigong; depression; exercise capacity; heart failure; quality of life.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Depression / prevention & control
  • Exercise / physiology
  • Heart Failure / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Qigong*
  • Quality of Life
  • Taiwan
  • Treatment Outcome