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A study design to investigate the effect of short-form Sun-style Tai Chi in improving functional exercise capacity, physical performance, balance and health related quality of life in people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21078418     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
METHOD: This randomised controlled trial will be conducted with concealed allocation and blinded outcome assessment. Participants will be recruited from Concord Repatriation General Hospital, Sydney. After baseline measurement, participants will be randomised into either a Tai Chi Group or a Control Group. Participants in the Tai Chi Group will undergo supervised training twice weekly for twelve weeks. Participants in the Control Group will undergo usual medical care. Measurements will be taken at baseline (week 0) and after the study period (week 12). The primary outcome measurement is endurance walking capacity assessed by the endurance shuttle walk test. Secondary outcomes include measures related to peak walking capacity, physical performance, balance, muscle strength and quality of life. Details of the physiological responses during Tai Chi will be collected in a small cohort to determine the training intensity of Sun-style Tai Chi.
DISCUSSION: If short form Sun-style Tai Chi improves exercise capacity, physical performance and quality of life in people with COPD, this would provide an alternate form of exercise training which does not require exercise equipment thus making effective exercise training more accessible for the large numbers of people with COPD.
R W M Leung; J A Alison; Z J McKeough; M J Peters
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2010-11-13
Journal Detail:
Title:  Contemporary clinical trials     Volume:  32     ISSN:  1559-2030     ISO Abbreviation:  Contemp Clin Trials     Publication Date:  2011 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-02-07     Completed Date:  2011-06-01     Revised Date:  2013-05-20    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101242342     Medline TA:  Contemp Clin Trials     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  267-72     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Crown Copyright © 2010. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Department of Physiotherapy, Concord Repatriation General Hospital, Hospital Road, Concord, NSW 2139 Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Physical Fitness*
Postural Balance
Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive / psychology,  therapy*
Quality of Life*
Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic / methods,  standards
Tai Ji*
Treatment Outcome

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