Comparing Tai Chi Chih and Relaxation Therapy in the Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis
The purpose of this study is to compare the effectiveness of relaxation therapy and tai chi in treating the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
Behavioral: Tai Chi Chih
Behavioral: Relaxation training
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Single Blind
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Efficacy of CAM Interventions in Rheumatoid Arthritis|
- RA-related disability
- Health functioning
|Study Start Date:||November 2004|
|Study Completion Date:||August 2007|
|Primary Completion Date:||August 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
RA is a debilitating disease characterized by inflammation of the joints, leading to chronic pain, loss of function, and disability. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments are being used with increased frequency by patients with chronic pain and rheumatic diseases to relieve their symptoms. While patients find these treatments helpful, there is limited scientific evidence of the effectiveness of these interventions. This study will compare relaxation therapy (a commonly used treatment for RA) to tai chi chih (a combination of slow, deliberate movements and meditation) in treating the symptoms of RA.
Participants will be randomly assigned to receive 12 weeks of either relaxation therapy or tai chi chih. At study entry and Weeks 6 and 12, participants will complete questionnaires about their RA symptoms, health functioning, overall quality of life, and complete a brief medical exam.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00096759
|United States, California|
|Cedars-Sinai Medical Center|
|Los Angeles, California, United States, 90048|
|University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center|
|Los Angeles, California, United States, 90095|
|Principal Investigator:||Jennifer Pike, PhD||University of California, Los Angeles|