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Biol Res Nurs. 2012 Apr;14(2):139-46. doi: 10.1177/1099800411399645. Epub 2011 Mar 8.

Effectiveness of Qigong in promoting the health of wheelchair-bound older adults in long-term care facilities.

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Department of Nursing, Veterans General Hospital, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. kmc@kmu.edu.tw

Abstract

Institutional wheelchair-bound older adults often do not get regular exercise and are prone to health problems. The aim of this study was to test the effects of a 12-week qigong exercise program on the physiological and psychological health of wheelchair-bound older adults in long-term care facilities. Study design was quasi-experimental, pre-post test, nonequivalent control group. Participants comprised a convenience sample of 72 wheelchair-bound older adults (qigong = 34; control = 38). The qigong group exercised 35 min/day, 5 days/week for 12 weeks. Measures for physical health (blood pressure, heart rate variability, and distal skin temperature) and psychological health (Brief Symptom Rating Scale-5) were collected before and during study Weeks 4, 8, and 12. The qigong group participants' blood pressure, distal skin temperature, and psychological health were significantly improved (all p < .001). These findings suggest that qigong exercise is a suitable daily activity for elderly residents in long-term care facilities and may help in the control of blood pressure among older adults.

PMID:
21385797
DOI:
10.1177/1099800411399645
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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