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A study design to investigate the effect of short-form Sun-style Tai Chi in improving functional exercise capacity, physical performance, balance and health related quality of life in people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
Contemp Clin Trials. 2011 Mar; 32(2):267-72.CC

Abstract

The effectiveness of exercise training in people with COPD is well established. However, alternative methods of training such as Tai Chi have not been widely evaluated. This paper describes the study design of a clinical trial which aims to determine if short form Sun-style Tai Chi improves exercise capacity and quality of life in people with COPD.

METHOD

This randomised controlled trial will be conducted with concealed allocation and blinded outcome assessment. Participants will be recruited from Concord Repatriation General Hospital, Sydney. After baseline measurement, participants will be randomised into either a Tai Chi Group or a Control Group. Participants in the Tai Chi Group will undergo supervised training twice weekly for twelve weeks. Participants in the Control Group will undergo usual medical care. Measurements will be taken at baseline (week 0) and after the study period (week 12). The primary outcome measurement is endurance walking capacity assessed by the endurance shuttle walk test. Secondary outcomes include measures related to peak walking capacity, physical performance, balance, muscle strength and quality of life. Details of the physiological responses during Tai Chi will be collected in a small cohort to determine the training intensity of Sun-style Tai Chi.

DISCUSSION

If short form Sun-style Tai Chi improves exercise capacity, physical performance and quality of life in people with COPD, this would provide an alternate form of exercise training which does not require exercise equipment thus making effective exercise training more accessible for the large numbers of people with COPD.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Physiotherapy, Concord Repatriation General Hospital, Hospital Road, Concord, NSW 2139 Australia. regina.leung@sswahs.nsw.gov.auNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Randomized Controlled Trial
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

21078418

Citation

Leung, R W M., et al. "A Study Design to Investigate the Effect of Short-form Sun-style Tai Chi in Improving Functional Exercise Capacity, Physical Performance, Balance and Health Related Quality of Life in People With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)." Contemporary Clinical Trials, vol. 32, no. 2, 2011, pp. 267-72.
Leung RW, Alison JA, McKeough ZJ, et al. A study design to investigate the effect of short-form Sun-style Tai Chi in improving functional exercise capacity, physical performance, balance and health related quality of life in people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Contemp Clin Trials. 2011;32(2):267-72.
Leung, R. W., Alison, J. A., McKeough, Z. J., & Peters, M. J. (2011). A study design to investigate the effect of short-form Sun-style Tai Chi in improving functional exercise capacity, physical performance, balance and health related quality of life in people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Contemporary Clinical Trials, 32(2), 267-72. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cct.2010.11.006
Leung RW, et al. A Study Design to Investigate the Effect of Short-form Sun-style Tai Chi in Improving Functional Exercise Capacity, Physical Performance, Balance and Health Related Quality of Life in People With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Contemp Clin Trials. 2011;32(2):267-72. PubMed PMID: 21078418.
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TY - JOUR T1 - A study design to investigate the effect of short-form Sun-style Tai Chi in improving functional exercise capacity, physical performance, balance and health related quality of life in people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). AU - Leung,R W M, AU - Alison,J A, AU - McKeough,Z J, AU - Peters,M J, Y1 - 2010/11/13/ PY - 2010/08/30/received PY - 2010/11/09/accepted PY - 2010/11/17/entrez PY - 2010/11/17/pubmed PY - 2011/6/2/medline SP - 267 EP - 72 JF - Contemporary clinical trials JO - Contemp Clin Trials VL - 32 IS - 2 N2 - UNLABELLED: The effectiveness of exercise training in people with COPD is well established. However, alternative methods of training such as Tai Chi have not been widely evaluated. This paper describes the study design of a clinical trial which aims to determine if short form Sun-style Tai Chi improves exercise capacity and quality of life in people with COPD. METHOD: This randomised controlled trial will be conducted with concealed allocation and blinded outcome assessment. Participants will be recruited from Concord Repatriation General Hospital, Sydney. After baseline measurement, participants will be randomised into either a Tai Chi Group or a Control Group. Participants in the Tai Chi Group will undergo supervised training twice weekly for twelve weeks. Participants in the Control Group will undergo usual medical care. Measurements will be taken at baseline (week 0) and after the study period (week 12). The primary outcome measurement is endurance walking capacity assessed by the endurance shuttle walk test. Secondary outcomes include measures related to peak walking capacity, physical performance, balance, muscle strength and quality of life. Details of the physiological responses during Tai Chi will be collected in a small cohort to determine the training intensity of Sun-style Tai Chi. DISCUSSION: If short form Sun-style Tai Chi improves exercise capacity, physical performance and quality of life in people with COPD, this would provide an alternate form of exercise training which does not require exercise equipment thus making effective exercise training more accessible for the large numbers of people with COPD. SN - 1559-2030 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/21078418/A_study_design_to_investigate_the_effect_of_short_form_Sun_style_Tai_Chi_in_improving_functional_exercise_capacity_physical_performance_balance_and_health_related_quality_of_life_in_people_with_Chronic_Obstructive_Pulmonary_Disease__COPD__ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1551-7144(10)00210-7 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -