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Title: Qigong as a psychosocial intervention for depressed elderly with chronic physical illnesses
Authors: Tsang, HWH 
Cheung, L
Lak, DCC
Keywords: Depression
Elderly
Psychosocial intervention
Qigong
Issue Date: 2002
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Source: International journal of geriatric psychiatry, 2002, v. 17, no. 12, p. 1146-1154 How to cite?
Journal: International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 
Abstract: Literature uncovers that depression is common in elderly people. The problem is more serious in elderly with chronic physical illnesses. Although the relationship between physical problems and depression is well documented, the underlying mechanism is basically unknown. This article proposed after a comprehensive literature review that depression in elderly with chronic physical illnesses results from disability and a reduction in psychosocial resources. If depression is left untreated, suicide may be a consequence. In view of this, various forms of psychosocial interventions are developed based on mainstream western medicine. The authors argue that qigong, a form of Chinese therapeutics, has the effect of alleviating clinical depression and thus improves quality of life. A simple form of dynamic qigong, namely the Eight-Section Brocades, is suggested to serve the purpose. A theory which explains the psychosocial effect of qigong is hypothesized.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/20422
ISSN: 0885-6230
DOI: 10.1002/gps.739
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