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Rehabil Nurs. 2019 Feb 6. doi: 10.1097/rnj.0000000000000219. [Epub ahead of print]

Effect of Sitting Ba-Duan-Jin Exercises on Balance and Quality of Life Among Older Adults: A Preliminary Study.

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1
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Yue Bei People's Hospital, ShaoGuan, China.
2
College of Basic Medicine, Gan Nan Medical University, Ganzhou, China.
3
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Ganzhou People's Hospital, Ganzhou, China.
4
Department of Physical Therapy, University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth, TX, USA.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

The aim of this study was to ascertain whether ba-duan-jin (BDJ) can improve balance and enhance the quality of life among older adults.

DESIGN:

This pilot study was designed as a single group pre-post comparison test.

METHODS:

Sixteen older adults were qualified and recruited for this study at local retirement communities. Assessments for pre- and postintervention among the subjects included Single-Leg Stance, Chair Rising Test, Tinetti Balance Test, Modified Falls Efficacy Scale, and 12-Item Short Form Health Survey Questionnaire for quality of life.

FINDINGS:

After 12 weeks of BDJ training, significant improvements were identified in Single-Leg Stance, Tinetti Balance Test, Modified Falls Efficacy Scale, and 12-Item Short Form Health Survey (all ps < .01); however not for the Chair Rising Test(p > .05).

CONCLUSION:

The results indicate that BDJ can improve balance, lower extremity strength, quality of life, and decrease fear of falling among older adults.

CLINICAL RELEVANCE:

BDJ is an effective rehabilitation training method and can improve balance and motor function among older people. Rehabilitation nursing plays a key role in functional rehabilitation of older people.

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