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Qigong Exercise May Benefit Patients With Fibromyalgia

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Kansas Medical Center Identifier:
First received: April 8, 2011
Last updated: July 1, 2016
Last verified: July 2016
The long-term goal of our research program is to develop an effective and cost-saving mind-body therapy to help patients with FM. The objective of this pilot study is to gather pilot data of the effect on pain, fatigue, sleep quality, and quality of life in FM patients using a specific type of qigong exercise, i.e. "six healing sound" qigong. Changes in relevant brain activity will be monitored in study subjects before and after the qigong exercise program, which may help us in better understanding the underlying mechanism of the qigong exercise. Data collected in this pilot study will help the investigators in preparation for a future clinical trial with a larger sample size. Our central hypothesis for the future clinical trial is that qigong exercise will lead to a significantly greater improvement in pain, fatigue, sleep quality, and quality of life in the experimental group compared to the control group.

Condition Intervention
Behavioral: Intervention Group
Behavioral: Placebo Comparator: Control Group

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Qigong Exercise May Benefit Patients With Fibromyalgia

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Further study details as provided by University of Kansas Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • To investigate the effect of qigong exercise on pain [ Time Frame: up to 3months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • To investigate the effect of qigong exercise on fatigue [ Time Frame: up to 3 months ]
  • To investigate the effect of qigong exercise on sleep quality [ Time Frame: up to 3 months ]
  • To investigate the effect of qigong exercise the quality of life in FM patients. [ Time Frame: up to 3 months ]

Enrollment: 35
Study Start Date: July 2009
Study Completion Date: February 2015
Primary Completion Date: February 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Intervention Group Behavioral: Intervention Group
The study will include one week baseline phase, 6-week intervention phase, and a 3-month follow-up evaluation. Subjects in the intervention group will go through three training sessions during the baseline phase, weekly group exercise sessions once per week and daily home exercises two times each day during the intervention phase, and a follow-up evaluation in three months after the intervention phase.
Placebo Comparator: Control Group Behavioral: Placebo Comparator: Control Group
Subjects in the control group will be monitored during the baseline and intervention phase without participating in the interventional exercise. At the end of intervention phase, the subjects will have the option to stop their participation or switch to the intervention group.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with a diagnosis of primary FM, based on the 1990 American College of Rheumatology criteria (Wolfe et al, 1990),
  • between the ages of 18 and 70 years;
  • willing to withdraw from CNS-active therapies commonly used to treat FM; willing to discontinue treatment with transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, biofeedback, tender- and trigger-point injections, acupuncture, and anesthetic or narcotic patches;
  • with a raw score > 4 on the physical function component of the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQ) (Burckhardt et al, 1991);
  • and a mean visual analog scale (VAS) pain score > 40 on a scale from 0 to 100.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • severe psychiatric illness;
  • a current major depressive episode (as determined by a Beck Depression Inventory (Beck et al, 1961) score >25);
  • significant suicide risk;
  • abuse of alcohol, benzodiazepines, or other drugs; a history of behavior that would prohibit compliance for the duration of the study;
  • active cardiovascular, pulmonary, hepatic, renal, gastrointestinal, or autoimmune disease (except Hashimoto's or Graves' disease that had been stable for 3 months before screening);
  • current systemic infection; active cancer (except basal cell carcinoma); unstable endocrine disease; severe sleep apnea;
  • prostate enlargement or other genitourinary disorder (male patients);
  • or pregnancy or breastfeeding (female patients).
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01333566

United States, Kansas
University Of Kansas Medical Center
Kansas City, Kansas, United States, 66160
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Kansas Medical Center
Principal Investigator: Wen Liu, PhD University of Kansas Medical Center
  More Information

Responsible Party: University of Kansas Medical Center Identifier: NCT01333566     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 11889
Study First Received: April 8, 2011
Last Updated: July 1, 2016

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Myofascial Pain Syndromes
Muscular Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Rheumatic Diseases
Neuromuscular Diseases
Nervous System Diseases processed this record on May 22, 2017