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Effect of Qigong on quality of life: a cross-sectional population-based comparison study in Taiwan

Tsung-Jung Ho12, David C Christiani34, Tso-Chiang Ma5, Tsong-Rong Jang6, Chih-Hui Lieng7, Yi-Chun Yeh7, Shinn-Zong Lin8, Jaung-Geng Lin1, Jim-Shoung Lai7 and Tzuo-Yun Lan1079*

Author Affiliations

1 School of Chinese Medicine, China Medical University, No. 91, Hsueh-Shih Road, Taichung 404, Taiwan

2 Division of Chinese Medicine, Cnina Medical University Beigang Hospital, No. 123, Shin-Der Road, Beigang Town, Yunlin County 651, Taiwan

3 Environmental & Occupational Medicine & Epidemiology Program, Harvard school of Public Health, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115, USA

4 Pulmonary and Critical Care Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital, Bulfinch 148, 55 Fruit Street, Boston, MA 02114, USA

5 Department of Health Services Administration, China Medical University, No. 91, Hsueh-Shih Road, Taichung 404, Taiwan

6 Athletics Department & Graduate School, National Taiwan College of Physical Education, No. 16, Sec. 1, Shuang-Shih Road, Taichung 404, Taiwan

7 School of Public Health, China Medical University, No. 91, Hsueh-Shih Road, Taichung 404, Taiwan

8 China Medical University Beigang Hospital, No. 123, Shin-Der Road, Beigang Town, Yunlin County 651, Taiwan

9 Institute of Population Health Sciences, National Health Research Institutes, No. 35, Keyan Road, Zhunan Town, Miaoli County 350, Taiwan

10 Institute of Hospital and Health Care Administration, School of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University, No.155, Sec.2, Linong Street, Taipei 112, Taiwan

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BMC Public Health 2011, 11:546  doi:10.1186/1471-2458-11-546

Published: 9 July 2011

Abstract

Background

Qigong, similar to Tai Chi Chuan, is beneficial to health. In Taiwan, Waitankung, a type of Qigong, is as popular as Tai Chi Chuan. This population-based comparison study compares the health-related quality of life between people practicing Waitankung and their comparable community residents.

Methods

A total of 165 individuals practicing Waitankung were matched by age and sex with 660 general individuals for comparison. Information about health-related quality of life, measured by the SF-36, and other basic and health conditions was obtained from the questionnaires. This study used the linear mixed-effect regression model to examine the association between health-related quality of life and the practice of Waitankung.

Results

Compared with either sedentary individuals or individuals practicing other types of exercise, the Waitankung group scored higher for eight and five out of ten SF-36 components, respectively. The Waitankung group scored better in general health, vitality, and physical component summary compared to individuals participating in other types of exercise, even when considering the energy expended by exercise.

Conclusion

The results suggest that Waitankung exercising is significantly associated with health-related quality of life. Waitankung may serve as an exercise choice for middle-aged and older people to improve overall quality of life.

Keywords:
General health; Qigong; quality of life; Waitankung