Qigong exercise improves the sleep quality of the patients with chronic fatigue syndrome: A waitlist randomized controlled trial
Methods: A RCT was conducted with Qigong (n = 75) and control (n = 75) groups. 16 sessions (twice a week for 8 weeks) of Baduanjin Qigong of 1.5 hours each was delivered. Fatigue was measured by Chalder's fatigue and sleep quality was measured by Pittsburgh sleep quality index (PSQI) at baseline (T0), post-intervention (T1) and 3-month post-intervention (T2). The interaction effect of group and time in sleep quality and fatigue between two groups were compared by ANOVA. The correlations between changes of outcomes (T1 T0) with dosage of Qigong were assessed. Results: PSQI were 10.0 (3.7) at T0, 8.2 (3.4) at T1 and 8.3 (3.4) at T2 for intervention group, and 10.2 (3.8), 9.5 (3.7) and 9.3 (3.5) for control group respectively. F-values for effect of group x time were 3.006 (p=0.048) for PSQI and 10.376 (p<0.001) for fatigue. Change of PSQI had significantly positive association (R=0.569, p< 0.001) with that of fatigue, and significantly negative with attendance rate of Qigong class (R=-0.288, p=0.013)
Conclusion: It suggested Qigong exercise can improve sleep quality of CFS and dosage of Qigong practice had a close relationship with improvement of sleep quality.
Acknowledgement: Hong Kong hospital Authority research fund
Learning Areas:Chronic disease management and prevention
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related education
Social and behavioral sciences
Assess the effect of Qigong exercise on sleep quality of the patients with chronic fatigue syndrome in a RCT.
Keyword(s): Alternative Medicine/Therapies, Quality of Life
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