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Title: Effect of a qigong exercise programme on elderly with depression
Authors: Tsang, HWH 
Fung, KMT
Chan, ASM
Lee, G
Chan, F
Keywords: Depression
Elderly
Psychosocial health
Qigong
Rehabilitation outcome
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Source: International journal of geriatric psychiatry, 2006, v. 21, no. 9, p. 890-897 How to cite?
Journal: International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 
Abstract: Objectives: This report released findings of a randomized controlled trial conducted in Hong Kong to further our understanding of the psychosocial effects of qigong on elderly persons with depression. Design: Eighty-two participants with a diagnosis of depression or obvious features of depression were recruited and randomly assigned into the intervention and comparison group. The intervention group was given a 16-week period of Qigong practice while the comparison group participated in a newspaper reading group with same duration and frequency. Results: After eight weeks of qigong practice, the intervention group participants outstripped themselves in improvement in mood, self-efficacy and personal well being, and physical and social domains of self-concept when compared with comparison subjects. After 16 weeks of practice, the improvement generalized to the daily task domain of the self-concept. Conclusions: This report shows that regular qigong practice could relieve depression, improve self-efficacy and personal well being among elderly persons with chronic physical illness and depression.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/8670
ISSN: 0885-6230
DOI: 10.1002/gps.1582
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