244095 Perceived Benefits of Qigong in Low-Income Black Men: Implications for Chronic Disease Prevention and Treatment

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Sparkle Springfield, BS , Project Brotherhood, Woodlawn Adult Health Center, Chicago, IL
Yvette Whorton , Project Brotherhood, Woodlawn Adult Health Center, Chicago, IL
Larry Nyu, MD , Project Brotherhood, Ambulatory and Community Health Network of Cook County-Woodlawn Adult Health Center, Chicago, IL
Marcus Murray , Project Brotherhood, Woodlawn Health Center, Chicago, IL
Angela Odoms-Young, PhD , Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Black men are disproportionately at risk for a number of chronic health conditions including hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and various cancers. Limited access to care, racial discrimination, medical mistrust, and cultural norms discouraging health seeking behaviors have been cited as barriers to developing effective health interventions for Black men. Evidence suggests that use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) may help alleviate the chronic disease burden in this population. While a number of studies have reported high CAM use among blacks, few have focused on understanding the perceived benefits of CAM from the perspective of Black men. The purpose of this pilot study was to examine Black men's perceptions of the benefits of using CAM, specifically Qigong. Black men participating in a Qigong class at Project Brotherhood, a culturally-gender specific health program were targeted for this study. Participant observation, administrative document review (e.g. journals), and individual interviews were conducted, input into Atlas.ti (a qualitative data management program) and analyzed using constant comparative analysis. Men cited several benefits associated with Qigong overall and the Project Brotherhood Qigong class specifically including: the opportunity to discuss/reflect on issues impacting Black men, help with emotion regulation, relaxation and coping with racism/stress, and the consistency of eastern philosophy and meditation with black culture. A more in-depth understanding of the perceived benefits of certain CAM therapies in black men will provide insights into why black men are receptive to certain treatment strategies, as well as factors that can help facilitate use of health services in black men.

Learning Areas:
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs

Learning Objectives:
At the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to: 1. Describe barriers to health care utilization in Black men 2. Discuss the potential for using alternative and complementary medicine approaches to improve the health of Black men. 3. Explain Black men's perceptions of the benefits of Qigong in improving physical and mental well-being.

Keywords: African American, Alternative Medicine/Therapies

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I conducted the literature review and conducted the data collection/analysis.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.