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Article: A systematic review of the effectiveness of qigong exercise in supportive cancer care

TitleA systematic review of the effectiveness of qigong exercise in supportive cancer care
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Issue Date2012
PublisherSpringer Verlag. The Journal's web site is located at http://link.springer.de/link/service/journals/00520/index.htm
Citation
Supportive Care in Cancer, 2012, v. 20 n. 6, p. 1121-1133 How to Cite?
AbstractPURPOSE: Qigong as a complementary and alternative modality of traditional Chinese medicine is often used by cancer patients to manage their symptoms. The aim of this systematic review is to critically evaluate the effectiveness of qigong exercise in cancer care. METHODS: Thirteen databases were searched from their inceptions through November 2010. All controlled clinical trials of qigong exercise among cancer patients were included. The strength of the evidence was evaluated for all included studies using the Oxford Centre for Evidence-based Medicine Levels of Evidence. The validity of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) was also evaluated using the Jadad Scale. RESULTS: Twenty-three studies including eight RCTs and fifteen non-randomized controlled clinical trials (CCTs) were identified. The effects of qigong on physical and psychosocial outcomes were examined in 14 studies and the effects on biomedical outcomes were examined in 15 studies. For physical and psychosocial outcomes, it is difficult to draw a conclusion due to heterogeneity of outcome measures and variability of the results in the included studies. Among reviewed studies on biomedical outcomes, a consistent tendency appears to emerge which suggests that the patients treated with qigong exercise in combination with conventional methods had significant improvement in immune function than the patients treated with conventional methods alone. CONCLUSIONS: Due to high risk of bias and methodological problems in the majority of included studies, it is still too early to draw conclusive statements. Further vigorously designed large-scale RCTs with validated outcome measures are needed.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/145606
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2015 Impact Factor: 2.535
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.267
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Hospital Authority of Hong Kong
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We would like to thank the Hospital Authority of Hong Kong for the support of this systematic review.

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dc.contributor.authorChan, CLWen_HK
dc.contributor.authorWang, WCen_HK
dc.contributor.authorHo, RTHen_HK
dc.contributor.authorNg, SMen_HK
dc.contributor.authorChan, JSMen_HK
dc.contributor.authorZiea, ETCen_HK
dc.contributor.authorWong, VCWen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2012-02-28T01:57:46Z-
dc.date.available2012-02-28T01:57:46Z-
dc.date.issued2012en_HK
dc.identifier.citationSupportive Care in Cancer, 2012, v. 20 n. 6, p. 1121-1133en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0941-4355en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/145606-
dc.description.abstractPURPOSE: Qigong as a complementary and alternative modality of traditional Chinese medicine is often used by cancer patients to manage their symptoms. The aim of this systematic review is to critically evaluate the effectiveness of qigong exercise in cancer care. METHODS: Thirteen databases were searched from their inceptions through November 2010. All controlled clinical trials of qigong exercise among cancer patients were included. The strength of the evidence was evaluated for all included studies using the Oxford Centre for Evidence-based Medicine Levels of Evidence. The validity of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) was also evaluated using the Jadad Scale. RESULTS: Twenty-three studies including eight RCTs and fifteen non-randomized controlled clinical trials (CCTs) were identified. The effects of qigong on physical and psychosocial outcomes were examined in 14 studies and the effects on biomedical outcomes were examined in 15 studies. For physical and psychosocial outcomes, it is difficult to draw a conclusion due to heterogeneity of outcome measures and variability of the results in the included studies. Among reviewed studies on biomedical outcomes, a consistent tendency appears to emerge which suggests that the patients treated with qigong exercise in combination with conventional methods had significant improvement in immune function than the patients treated with conventional methods alone. CONCLUSIONS: Due to high risk of bias and methodological problems in the majority of included studies, it is still too early to draw conclusive statements. Further vigorously designed large-scale RCTs with validated outcome measures are needed.en_HK
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherSpringer Verlag. The Journal's web site is located at http://link.springer.de/link/service/journals/00520/index.htmen_HK
dc.relation.ispartofSupportive Care in Canceren_HK
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dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subject.meshBias (Epidemiology)-
dc.subject.meshBreathing Exercises-
dc.subject.meshMedicine, Chinese Traditional - methods-
dc.subject.meshNeoplasms - therapy-
dc.subject.meshOutcome Assessment (Health Care)-
dc.titleA systematic review of the effectiveness of qigong exercise in supportive cancer careen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailChan, CLW: cecichan@hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.emailWang, WC: cwwang@graduate.hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s00520-011-1378-3en_HK
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dc.identifier.volume20en_HK
dc.identifier.issue6en_HK
dc.identifier.spage1121en_HK
dc.identifier.epage1133en_HK
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