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

Author: Tajik A1, Rejeh N2, Heravi-Karimooi M3, Samday Kia P4, Tadrisi SD5, Watts TE6, Griffiths P7, Vaismoradi M8
Author Information:
1Department of Nursing, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Shahed University, Tehran, Iran. Electronic address: alirezatajik6913@yahoo.com.
2Elderly Care Research Center, Department of Nursing, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Shahed University, Tehran, Iran. Electronic address: reje@shahed.ac.ir.
3Elderly Care Research Center, Department of Nursing, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Shahed University, Tehran, Iran. Electronic address: heraev@shahed.ac.ir.
4Department of Nursing, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. Electronic address: parvanekia@yahoo.com.
5Faculty of Nursing, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. Electronic address: sdt1344@gmail.com.
6School of Health Care Sciences, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK. Electronic address: WattsT1@cardiff.ac.uk.
7Department of Nursing, College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University, Wales, UK. Electronic address: paulinemonica@hotmail.co.uk.
8Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences, Nord University, Bodø, Norway. Electronic address: mojtaba.vaismoradi@nord.no.
Conference/Journal: Complement Ther Clin Pract.
Date published: 2018 Nov
Other: Volume ID: 33 , Pages: 191-196 , Special Notes: doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2018.10.009. Epub 2018 Oct 19. , Word Count: 168


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.

Copyright © 2018. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

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

PMID: 30396620 DOI: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2018.10.009

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