Effect of a qigong exercise programme on elderly with depression

Author: Tsang HW//Fung KM//Chan AS//Lee G//Chan F
Affiliation: Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Conference/Journal: Int J Geriatr Psychiatry
Other: Volume ID: 21 , Issue ID: 9 , Pages: 890-97 , Word Count: 191


Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2006 Sep 5;21(9):890-897

Effect of a qigong exercise programme on elderly with depression.

Tsang HW, Fung KM, Chan AS, Lee G, Chan F.

Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong.

OBJECTIVES: This report released findings of a randomized controlled trial conducted in Hong Kong to further our understanding of the psychosocial effects of qigong on elderly persons with depression.

DESIGN: Eighty-two participants with a diagnosis of depression or obvious features of depression were recruited and randomly assigned into the intervention and comparison group. The intervention group was given a 16-week period of Qigong practice while the comparison group participated in a newspaper reading group with same duration and frequency.

RESULTS: After eight weeks of qigong practice, the intervention group participants outstripped themselves in improvement in mood, self-efficacy and personal well being, and physical and social domains of self-concept when compared with comparison subjects. After 16 weeks of practice, the improvement generalized to the daily task domain of the self-concept.

CONCLUSIONS: This report shows that regular qigong practice could relieve depression, improve self-efficacy and personal well being among elderly persons with chronic physical illness and depression.

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