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UCLA Tai Chi in a Community Setting Study

This study has been completed.
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First Posted: September 16, 2010
Last Update Posted: August 19, 2016
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Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of California, Los Angeles

Although a number of studies have examined the effects of Tai Chi in older adult populations, few have methodically assessed its effects on vitality, fatigue and physical activity. Some studies have shown that fatigue relates to negative mood and poor health-related quality of life in older persons.

Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese form of calisthenics that utilizes the body's internal energy (chi), mind, and breathing; which may be a useful exercise for older adults in increasing their activity level. A twenty-four of Yang style of Tai Chi is a simple form of Tai Chi that is particularly well-suited for older adults. This proposed study to investigate the effects of a Tai Chi intervention on decreasing fatigue level, and increasing level of activity in healthy older adults.

The investigators research group has focused on the Tai Chi as a strategy to reduce stress and improve sleep, and their preliminary evidence suggest it strongly affects energy level and vitality. The investigators are focused on taking this intervention into the community testing its efficacy. The investigators preliminary data shows that Tai Chi is of benefit to older adults; however, this study will test whether their research findings are generalizable to community settings.

Tai Chi-naïve participants from Culver City Senior Center will receive a 10-week Tai Chi. The investigators will compare this group to a wait-list control group. All subjects will receive a packet of questionnaires of pre- and post-intervention vitality, fatigue and health-related quality of life. Subjects will also be given an activity monitor to wear for 2 days before they start the Tai Chi class and for 2 days after they complete the class, to determine if there is a change in general physical activity level.

Condition Intervention
Physical Activity Fatigue Behavioral: Tai Chi

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Factorial Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Basic Science
Official Title: Tai Chi, Vitality and Activity in a Community Setting

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Further study details as provided by University of California, Los Angeles:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Physical Activity [ Time Frame: Immediately post-intervention (10 weeks) ]
    Objectively assessed physical activity measured using accelerometers

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Vitality [ Time Frame: Immediately post-intervention (10 weeks) ]
    Measures of fatigue, mood, perceived stress and vitality, administered via self-report

Enrollment: 47
Study Start Date: January 2010
Study Completion Date: January 2011
Primary Completion Date: January 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Tai Chi
Tai Chi instruction, 2x week in a community senior center setting
Behavioral: Tai Chi
Tai Chi classes, 60 minutes, 2x week
Other Names:
  • exercise
  • relaxation
No Intervention: Wait List Control
This is a wait list control group. There is no active or placebo intervention.


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Ages Eligible for Study:   60 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Healthy
  • Older adult > 60 years of age

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Older adults who have severe osteoarthritis or chronic pain disorders
  • Non ambulatory
  • Any condition that would adversely impact their participation in Tai Chi
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01203657

United States, California
Los Angeles, California, United States, 90095
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of California, Los Angeles
Principal Investigator: Sarosh Motivala, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles
  More Information

Responsible Party: University of California, Los Angeles
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01203657     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: UCLA-TCC01
First Submitted: September 15, 2010
First Posted: September 16, 2010
Last Update Posted: August 19, 2016
Last Verified: August 2016

Keywords provided by University of California, Los Angeles:
physical activity
tai chi

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Signs and Symptoms