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A Structured Qi-gong Program for Hospitalized Older Adults

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00944788
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : July 23, 2009
Last Update Posted : June 13, 2013
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Fundacio Salut i Envelliment UAB

Brief Summary:
The purpose of this study is to test the effects on a number of health outcomes and the feasibility of a structured program of qi-gong, a form of tai-chi which has been previously tested in older populations, in older hospitalized patients. In particular, this pilot study aims to assess changes in quality of life and depressive symptoms after 4 weeks of treatment, with the hypothesis that this intervention will have a positive impact on these two domains, compared to usual care. Adherence will be also monitored in the intervention arm.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Quality of Life Behavioral Symptoms Patient Compliance Other: qi-gong Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 58 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Feasibility and Impact on Quality of Life and Depressive Symptoms of a Structured Qi-gong Program for Hospitalized Older Adults. A Pilot Study.
Study Start Date : July 2009
Actual Primary Completion Date : September 2009
Actual Study Completion Date : September 2009

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: qi-gong Other: qi-gong
Physical activity similar to tai-chi

No Intervention: Usual care

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Quality of life [ Time Frame: 4 weeks ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Depressive symptoms [ Time Frame: 4 weeks ]
  2. Adherence [ Time Frame: 4 weeks ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   50 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • >=50 years old
  • Preserved ability to move inside the house (also using walking aids or chair)
  • Estimation of at least one month of hospitalization (convalescence or rehabilitation)
  • Ability and willing to sign informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Moderate to severe cognitive impairment (SPMSQ >= 4)

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00944788

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Parc Sanitari Pere Virgili
Barcelona, Spain, 08023
Sponsors and Collaborators
Fundacio Salut i Envelliment UAB
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Principal Investigator: Marco Inzitari, MD, PhD Fundació Institut Català de l'Envelliment

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Responsible Party: Fundacio Salut i Envelliment UAB Identifier: NCT00944788     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: FICE09071
First Posted: July 23, 2009    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: June 13, 2013
Last Verified: June 2013
Keywords provided by Fundacio Salut i Envelliment UAB:
physical activity
quality of life
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Behavioral Symptoms