Working… Menu

Qui Gong Programme vs Short Form Sun Style Tai Chi in COPD Patients

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: NCT04357678
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : April 22, 2020
Last Update Posted : April 22, 2020
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Riphah International University

Brief Summary:
This was a Randomized control Trial. Purposive sampling was done to obtained Sample (n=78) which were randomly allocated to Group A (n=39) and Group B (n=39). Study was conducted from August 2019 to December 2019 in HBS Hospital Islamabad.To determine the effects of Qigong vs. Shot form Sun Style Tai Chi (SSTC) on Lung function, six min walk distance, dyspnea and quality of life in COPD patients.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
COPD Other: Qi Gong Programme Other: Short Form Sun Style Tai Chi Not Applicable

Detailed Description:

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is characterized by persistent respiratory symptoms and air-flow limitation. Dyspnea is related with daily life activity. COPD patients often suffer from dyspnea and exacerbation, which leads to inactivity, deconditioning, and poor functional capacity and quality of life. Several interventions have been investigated with the aim of improving lung function, decreasing dyspnea symptoms and improving quality of life in this patient.

Tai Chi, an exercise involving both upper and lower extremities, originated from China. Tai chi is characterized by posture alignment, weight shifting and circular movements that incorporate elements of muscle endurance and strengthening, balance, relaxation and breathing control. Among previous studies Tai Chi in pulmonary rehabilitation showed a modest complementary benefit in exercise capacity.

The Tai Chi program is a safe, effective and feasible method to improve exercise capacity and health-related quality of life in people with COPD. Short form sun style Tai chi is one of the most common styles of t'ai chi. each form can be broken down into several movements which make it easy to learn and teach. Compared to some other styles of t'ai chi, SSTC involves less difficult movements, such as less deep-knee bending and single leg standing, which may make it more suitable for older people.

Qi Gong is defined as a mind-body exercise that involves whole body movements, breathing techniques, postural control, and internal awareness.

effects of Qi Gong on functional capacity and lung functions in COPD patients , and concluded that functional capacity, dyspnea scores and quality of life was significantly improved in mild to moderate COPD patients.

Layout table for study information
Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 78 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Comparison of Qui Gong Programme With Short Form Sun Style Tai Chi in COPD Patients
Actual Study Start Date : August 1, 2019
Actual Primary Completion Date : December 30, 2019
Actual Study Completion Date : January 10, 2020

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Qi Gong Programme
Qi Gong Programme
Other: Qi Gong Programme

Warm-up: In warm up session joint activities were performed along with light stretching. Patients performed these activities with instructor's commands for 5 minutes.

Liu Zi Jue exercise: patients performed intact Liu Zi Jue exercise (form of Qigong).

This includes six healing sounds, Xu, He, Hu, Si, Chui, Xi and the Harmonized actions along with the instructor for 20 minutes. Cooling-down: After completion of Qigong, patient done gentle stretching to adjust back their breathing and this cool down session lasted for 5 minutes. Subjects received supervised training session for 30 min twice a week.

Experimental: Short Form Sun Style Tai Chi
Short Form Sun Style Tai Chi
Other: Short Form Sun Style Tai Chi

Commencing Movement, Opening and closing hand, Single whip, Waving hands in the cloud, Opening and closing hands, Brush knee, Playing lute, Perry and Punch, Block and close, Pushing the mountain, Closing movement.

Participants attended two supervised 30min sessions twice a week. Participants learnt 3 to 4 forms per week and at the completion of study (which is the six week of training), they completed all 21 forms. In each training session, participants revised previous SSTC forms that they learnt earlier up to that session.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Forced Expiratory Volume in 1 second (FEV1) [ Time Frame: 6th week ]
    Changes from the Baseline, the digital spirometer is used in clinical setting to analyze Forced Expiratory Volume in 1 second FEV1 in Liters

  2. Forced vital Capacity (FVC) [ Time Frame: 6th week ]
    Changes From the Baseline, the digital spirometer is used in clinical setting to analyze Forced vital Capacity in Liters.

  3. Peak Expiratory Flow (PEF) [ Time Frame: 6th week ]
    Changes from the Baseline, the digital spirometer is used in clinical setting to analyze peak expiratory flow PEF in Liter/second.

  4. 6 min walk test: Distance (meters) [ Time Frame: 6th week ]
    Changes from the baseline, 6 min walk test was used to measure Functional capacity. It is a sub maximal exercise test which can aid in assessing functional capacity of patients with cardiopulmonary diseases, in this test we find out the maximum distance in meters which an individual covers in 6 min without any support.

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Modified Medical Research Council Dyspnea Scale (mMRC) [ Time Frame: 6 week ]
    Changes from the Baseline, It was used to measure Dyspnea score. This scale ranges from 0 to 4 in which 0 indicates that strenuous exercise leads to breathlessness" and 4 means "too breathless"

  2. Quality of life: St. George's Respiratory Questionnaire (SGRQ) [ Time Frame: 6 week ]
    was used to access the quality of life; SGRQ is used for determining quality of life in COPD patients. This questionnaire is designed in 50 items to check the impact of COPD. 0 to 100 is the range of this score. Scores having higher values means more limitations.

Information from the National Library of Medicine

Choosing to participate in a study is an important personal decision. Talk with your doctor and family members or friends about deciding to join a study. To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contacts provided below. For general information, Learn About Clinical Studies.

Layout table for eligibility information
Ages Eligible for Study:   40 Years to 70 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Clinically Diagnosed patient: Mild to moderate stage COPD according to GOLD criteria {i-e Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) }
  • Patients who can walk without any dependency were included in study.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with acute exacerbation within 4 weeks before starting the study
  • Patient having significant, cognitive impairment
  • Patient having Tuberculosis, asthma
  • Patient having musculoskeletal
  • Patient having psychological, cardiovascular and benign conditions (that prohibit exercise were excluded from the study)

Information from the National Library of Medicine

To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT04357678

Layout table for location information
HBS General Hospital
Islamabad, Federal, Pakistan, 46000
Sponsors and Collaborators
Riphah International University
Layout table for investigator information
Principal Investigator: Iqbal Tariq, MsCPPT Riphah International University
Lorna Ng LK, Raymond Tang ,Cheetham Siu, Lawrence Fung, Albert Lee, Wilson Tamd. Effectiveness of incorporating Tai Chi in a pulmonary rehabilitation program for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in primary care-A pilot randomized controlled trial. European Journal of Integrative Medicine2015;6(3): 248-58.
Nagaratnam N. NK, Cheuk G. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Geriatric Diseases 2018

Layout table for additonal information
Responsible Party: Riphah International University Identifier: NCT04357678    
Other Study ID Numbers: REC/00590 Qurrat ul Ain
First Posted: April 22, 2020    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 22, 2020
Last Verified: April 2020
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

Layout table for additional information
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Keywords provided by Riphah International University:
Pulmonary Disease
Tai chi