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Title: Establishing a health Qigong protocol for rehabilitation of patients with COPD
Authors: Ng, BHB 
Tsang, HWH 
Keywords: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder
Pulmonary rehabilitation
Health Qigong
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Mark Allen Group
Source: International journal of therapy and rehabilitation, 2009, v. 16, no. 1, p. 25-33 How to cite?
Journal: International journal of therapy and rehabilitation 
Abstract: Aims: This two-phased pilot study intended to validate the potential therapeutic values and applicability of a Health Qigong protocol as an alternative home exercise programme for patients suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD), and test its safety before proceeding to a randomized controlled trial.
Methods: Eight experts in the area of pulmonary rehabilitation and traditional Chinese medicine were recruited to evaluate the Health Qigong protocol using a questionnaire specifi cally designed for the purpose. The safety of this protocol was then tested among eight participants with COPD in a field test. Safety indicators included physiological parameters, including pulse, blood pressure, oxygen saturation, as well as perceived symptoms.
Results: All experts recognized that there were potential benefi ts of the Health Qigong protocol, and made suggestions as to how the protocol could be revised for COPD patients. No serious adverse event was reported in the fi eld test.
Conclusions: The Health Qigong protocol is safe when applied to patients with COPD and has potential to be used an adjunct intervention in rehabilitation of COPD. The results support progression to the randomized controlled trial.
ISSN: 1741-1645
EISSN: 1759-779X
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