[Effects of tai chi on fall risk factors: a meta-analysis].

Author: Park M, Song R.
College of Nursing, Chungnam National University, Daejeon, Korea.
Conference/Journal: J Korean Acad Nurs.
Date published: 2013 Jun
Other: Volume ID: 43 , Issue ID: 3 , Pages: 341-51 , Special Notes: [Article in Korean] , Word Count: 191

This study was done to analyze the effects of Tai Chi on fall-related risk factors through meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials published in English and Korean between 2000 and 2010.
Using health related database and hand search of references and Google, 28 randomized studies were collected from doctoral dissertation and published peer reviewed articles. The Comprehensive Meta-analysis version 2.0 was used for the analysis.
The effect sizes for Tai Chi for 3 months were significant with ES=0.54 for static balance, ES=0.24 for dynamic balance, ES=0.69 for balance measured by scale, and ES=0.40 for flexibility, ES=0.48 for muscle strength, ES=0.71 for ADL, and ES=0.37 for fear of falling. Also, the effect sizes of Tai Chi for 6 months were significant for most fall-related variables. The 6 month data for flexibility was not analyzed since only one study was published.
The analysis of studies of randomized clinical trials indicate that Tai Chi is effective in improving balance, flexibility, muscle strength, activities of daily living, and fear of falling when applied for 3 or 6 months. The findings provide the objective evidence to apply Tai Chi as a fall preventive intervention.
Fall, Meta-analysis, Risk factors, Tai Chi

PMID: 23893224