Exercise Medicine Australia (EMA) conducts collaborative research with hospitals and research institutions into Tai Chi, Qigong and other exercise interventions for primary prevention and rehabilitation.
A recent joint research project by the Prince Charles Hospital and EMA involved a clinical trial on the Tai Chi for Cardiopulmonary Health Program developed by EMA.
The results of the clinical trial showed that 12 week practice of the Tai Chi for Cardiopulmonary Health Program significantly improved the cardiopulmonary patients’ life schema on SIWB.
SIWB index is widely used in studies of chronic illness, aging, and palliative care to measure health-related quality of life and wellbeing. The results of the study also showed a trend for reduction in depressive symptoms in the patients.
Improvement in the patients’ lower limb strength and balance has also been reported. The study has reported that throughout the trial, there have been no adverse events reported.