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Evaluation of Tai Chi Yunshou exercises on community-based stroke patients with balance dysfunction: a study protocol of a cluster randomized controlled trial.

Tao J, Rao T, Lin L, Liu W, Wu Z, Zheng G, Su Y, Huang J, Lin Z, Wu J, Fang Y, Chen L - BMC Complement Altern Med (2015)

Bottom Line: Previous researches have suggested that Tai Chi exercise could offer a positive improvement in older individuals' balance function and reduce the risk of falls.Safety and economic evaluation will also be assessed.If the outcome is positive, this project will provide an appropriate and economic balance rehabilitation technology for community-based stroke patients.

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Affiliation: Rehabilitation Medicine College, Fujian University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Fuzhou, 350122, China. taojing01@163.com.

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Background: Balance dysfunction after stroke limits patients' general function and participation in daily life. Previous researches have suggested that Tai Chi exercise could offer a positive improvement in older individuals' balance function and reduce the risk of falls. But convincing evidence for the effectiveness of enhancing balance function after stroke with Tai Chi exercise is still inadequate. Considering the difficulties for stroke patients to complete the whole exercise, the current trial evaluates the benefit of Tai Chi Yunshou exercise for patients with balance dysfunction after stroke through a cluster randomization, parallel-controlled design.

Methods/design: A single-blind, cluster-randomized, parallel-controlled trial will be conducted. A total of 10 community health centers (5 per arm) will be selected and randomly allocated into Tai Chi Yunshou exercise group or balance rehabilitation training group. Each community health centers will be asked to enroll 25 eligible patients into the trial. 60 minutes per each session, 1 session per day, 5 times per week and the total training round is 12 weeks. Primary and secondary outcomes will be measured at baseline and 4-weeks, 8-weeks, 12-weeks, 6-week follow-up, 12-week follow-up after randomization. Safety and economic evaluation will also be assessed.

Discussion: This protocol aims to evaluate the effectiveness of Tai Chi Yunshou exercise for the balance function of patients after stroke. If the outcome is positive, this project will provide an appropriate and economic balance rehabilitation technology for community-based stroke patients.

Trial registration: Chinese Clinical Trial Registry: ChiCTR-TRC-13003641. Registration date: 22 August, 2013 http://www.chictr.org/usercenter/project/listbycreater.aspx .

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Mentions: The effect of Tai Chi Yunshou exercises for stroke patients will be assessed in a single-blind, cluster-randomized, parallel-controlled trial. Patients will be recruited from multicenter CHCs outpatient clinics. The protocol will be conducted at CHCs run by the Rehabilitation Hospital affiliated to Fujian University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Fujian province, China), the First Affiliated Hospital of Henan University of TCM (Henan province, China) and the Second Affiliated Hospital of Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Shandong province, China). Fujian University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (FJTCM) is responsible for training and supervising investigators in all research centers. A total of 10 community health centers (5 per arm) will be selected and randomly allocated into Tai Chi Yunshou exercise group or balance rehabilitation training group. Each community health centers will be asked to enroll 25 eligible patients into the trial. Primary and secondary outcomes will be measured at baseline and 4-weeks, 8-weeks, 12-weeks, 6-week follow-up , 12-week follow-up after randomization. A flow diagram of this trial is shown in Figure 1.Figure 1


Evaluation of Tai Chi Yunshou exercises on community-based stroke patients with balance dysfunction: a study protocol of a cluster randomized controlled trial.

Tao J, Rao T, Lin L, Liu W, Wu Z, Zheng G, Su Y, Huang J, Lin Z, Wu J, Fang Y, Chen L - BMC Complement Altern Med (2015)

Study flow chart.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC4359558&req=5

Fig1: Study flow chart.
Mentions: The effect of Tai Chi Yunshou exercises for stroke patients will be assessed in a single-blind, cluster-randomized, parallel-controlled trial. Patients will be recruited from multicenter CHCs outpatient clinics. The protocol will be conducted at CHCs run by the Rehabilitation Hospital affiliated to Fujian University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Fujian province, China), the First Affiliated Hospital of Henan University of TCM (Henan province, China) and the Second Affiliated Hospital of Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Shandong province, China). Fujian University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (FJTCM) is responsible for training and supervising investigators in all research centers. A total of 10 community health centers (5 per arm) will be selected and randomly allocated into Tai Chi Yunshou exercise group or balance rehabilitation training group. Each community health centers will be asked to enroll 25 eligible patients into the trial. Primary and secondary outcomes will be measured at baseline and 4-weeks, 8-weeks, 12-weeks, 6-week follow-up , 12-week follow-up after randomization. A flow diagram of this trial is shown in Figure 1.Figure 1

Bottom Line: Previous researches have suggested that Tai Chi exercise could offer a positive improvement in older individuals' balance function and reduce the risk of falls.Safety and economic evaluation will also be assessed.If the outcome is positive, this project will provide an appropriate and economic balance rehabilitation technology for community-based stroke patients.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Rehabilitation Medicine College, Fujian University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Fuzhou, 350122, China. taojing01@163.com.

ABSTRACT

Background: Balance dysfunction after stroke limits patients' general function and participation in daily life. Previous researches have suggested that Tai Chi exercise could offer a positive improvement in older individuals' balance function and reduce the risk of falls. But convincing evidence for the effectiveness of enhancing balance function after stroke with Tai Chi exercise is still inadequate. Considering the difficulties for stroke patients to complete the whole exercise, the current trial evaluates the benefit of Tai Chi Yunshou exercise for patients with balance dysfunction after stroke through a cluster randomization, parallel-controlled design.

Methods/design: A single-blind, cluster-randomized, parallel-controlled trial will be conducted. A total of 10 community health centers (5 per arm) will be selected and randomly allocated into Tai Chi Yunshou exercise group or balance rehabilitation training group. Each community health centers will be asked to enroll 25 eligible patients into the trial. 60 minutes per each session, 1 session per day, 5 times per week and the total training round is 12 weeks. Primary and secondary outcomes will be measured at baseline and 4-weeks, 8-weeks, 12-weeks, 6-week follow-up, 12-week follow-up after randomization. Safety and economic evaluation will also be assessed.

Discussion: This protocol aims to evaluate the effectiveness of Tai Chi Yunshou exercise for the balance function of patients after stroke. If the outcome is positive, this project will provide an appropriate and economic balance rehabilitation technology for community-based stroke patients.

Trial registration: Chinese Clinical Trial Registry: ChiCTR-TRC-13003641. Registration date: 22 August, 2013 http://www.chictr.org/usercenter/project/listbycreater.aspx .

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