The effect of Tai Chi on quality of life in male older people: A randomized controlled clinical trial

Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2018 Nov:33:191-196. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2018.10.009. Epub 2018 Oct 19.


Background and aim: Physical activity can improve the mental and physical functioning of older people. This study investigated the impact of Tai Chi exercise on the quality of life of older men.

Methods: This randomized controlled clinical trial was conducted on 132 older men in an urban area of Iran. The subjects were randomly assigned into two groups: a Tai Chi intervention group and a control group (n = 66 per group). Quality of life was evaluated using the Leiden-Padua quality of life questionnaire before and after the intervention. Data analysis was performed using analytical statistics via the SPSS software.

Results: After eight weeks of Tai Chi exercise, the mean scores of quality of life in different areas demonstrated a statistically significant difference between the two groups (p < 0 0.05).

Conclusion: This study illustrated that the 8-week Tai Chi intervention had a positive effect on quality of life in older men.

Keywords: Older people; Quality of life; Randomized controlled trial; Tai Chi exercise.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aging* / physiology
  • Aging* / psychology
  • Exercise / psychology*
  • Exercise Therapy / methods*
  • Humans
  • Iran
  • Male
  • Quality of Life*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Tai Ji* / methods
  • Tai Ji* / psychology
  • Treatment Outcome