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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 participants in the intervention group will accept a 12-week Tai Chi Yunshou exercises training with a frequency of 5 days per week and 60 minutes one day. The training scheme originated from the 24 forms simplified Tai Chi exercise, which is recommended as the popularity health sport by General Administration of Sport of China (Figure 2) [28,29]. Five qualified coaches who have engaged in the physical education over 5 years will teach the participants of correct Tai Chi Yunshou postures in CHCs during the whole intervention period. Each session included a 15 min warm-up time, then training 45 min continuously. The coach could adjust the length of the training time based on patients’ personal situation, and allocate properly. Individuals who have difficulty in completing the exercise continuously will be allowed to finish intermittently. But each session must last at least 15 min. All patients have 5 min to rest after training. One supervisors will be in charge of the management of training spot to guarantee the quality of Tai Chi Yunshou exercise training.Figure 2


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)

Tai Chi Yunshou exercise.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

License 1 - License 2
Show All Figures
getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC4359558&req=5

Fig2: Tai Chi Yunshou exercise.
Mentions: The participants in the intervention group will accept a 12-week Tai Chi Yunshou exercises training with a frequency of 5 days per week and 60 minutes one day. The training scheme originated from the 24 forms simplified Tai Chi exercise, which is recommended as the popularity health sport by General Administration of Sport of China (Figure 2) [28,29]. Five qualified coaches who have engaged in the physical education over 5 years will teach the participants of correct Tai Chi Yunshou postures in CHCs during the whole intervention period. Each session included a 15 min warm-up time, then training 45 min continuously. The coach could adjust the length of the training time based on patients’ personal situation, and allocate properly. Individuals who have difficulty in completing the exercise continuously will be allowed to finish intermittently. But each session must last at least 15 min. All patients have 5 min to rest after training. One supervisors will be in charge of the management of training spot to guarantee the quality of Tai Chi Yunshou exercise training.Figure 2

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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