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Article: Effect of a qigong intervention program on telomerase activity and psychological stress in abused Chinese women: a randomized, wait-list controlled trial

TitleEffect of a qigong intervention program on telomerase activity and psychological stress in abused Chinese women: a randomized, wait-list controlled trial
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Issue Date2014
PublisherBioMed Central Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.biomedcentral.com/bmccomplementalternmed/
Citation
BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2014, v. 14, article no. 300 How to Cite?
AbstractBACKGROUND: Abused women, who suffer from chronic psychological stress, have been shown to have shorter telomeres than never abused women. Telomere shortening is associated with increased risk of cell death, and it is believed that adopting health-promoting behaviors can help to increase the activity of telomerase, an enzyme that counters telomere shortening. Qigong is an ancient Chinese mind-body integration, health-oriented practice designed to enhance the function of qi, an energy that sustains well-being. Therefore, an assessor-blind, randomized, wait-list controlled trial was developed to evaluate the effect of a qigong intervention on telomerase activity (primary objective) and proinflammatory cytokines, perceived stress, perceived coping, and depressive symptoms (secondary objectives) in abused Chinese women. METHODS/DESIGN: A total of 240 Chinese women, aged >/= 18 years, who have been abused by an intimate partner within the past three years will be recruited from a community setting in Hong Kong and randomized to receive either a qigong intervention or wait-list control condition as follows: the qigong intervention will comprise (i) a 2-hour group qigong training session twice a week for 6 weeks, (ii) a 1-hour follow-up group qigong exercise session once a week for 4 months, and (iii) a 30-minute self-practice qigong exercise session once a day for 5.5 months. The wait-list control group will receive qigong training after the intervention group completes the program. Upon completion of the qigong intervention program, it is expected that abused Chinese women in the intervention group will have higher levels of telomerase activity and perceived coping and lower levels of proinflammatory cytokines, perceived stress, and depressive symptoms than will abused Chinese women in the wait-list control group. DISCUSSION: This study will provide information about the effect of qigong exercise on telomerase activity and chronic psychological stress in abused Chinese women. The findings will inform the design of interventions to relieve the effects of IPV-related psychological stress on health. Also, the concept that health-promoting behaviors could slow down cellular aging might even motivate abused women to change their lifestyles. TRIAL REGISTRATION: Current Controlled Trials NCT02060123. Registered February 6, 2014.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/200451
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dc.contributor.authorTiwari, AFYen_US
dc.contributor.authorChan, CLWen_US
dc.contributor.authorHo, RTHen_US
dc.contributor.authorTsao, GSWen_US
dc.contributor.authorDeng, Wen_US
dc.contributor.authorHong, WLen_US
dc.contributor.authorFong, DYTen_US
dc.contributor.authorYuk Fung, HYKen_US
dc.contributor.authorPang, PSen_US
dc.contributor.authorCheung, STen_US
dc.contributor.authorMa, JLCen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-08-21T06:46:35Z-
dc.date.available2014-08-21T06:46:35Z-
dc.date.issued2014-
dc.identifier.citationBMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2014, v. 14, article no. 300en_US
dc.identifier.issn1472-6882-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/200451-
dc.description.abstractBACKGROUND: Abused women, who suffer from chronic psychological stress, have been shown to have shorter telomeres than never abused women. Telomere shortening is associated with increased risk of cell death, and it is believed that adopting health-promoting behaviors can help to increase the activity of telomerase, an enzyme that counters telomere shortening. Qigong is an ancient Chinese mind-body integration, health-oriented practice designed to enhance the function of qi, an energy that sustains well-being. Therefore, an assessor-blind, randomized, wait-list controlled trial was developed to evaluate the effect of a qigong intervention on telomerase activity (primary objective) and proinflammatory cytokines, perceived stress, perceived coping, and depressive symptoms (secondary objectives) in abused Chinese women. METHODS/DESIGN: A total of 240 Chinese women, aged >/= 18 years, who have been abused by an intimate partner within the past three years will be recruited from a community setting in Hong Kong and randomized to receive either a qigong intervention or wait-list control condition as follows: the qigong intervention will comprise (i) a 2-hour group qigong training session twice a week for 6 weeks, (ii) a 1-hour follow-up group qigong exercise session once a week for 4 months, and (iii) a 30-minute self-practice qigong exercise session once a day for 5.5 months. The wait-list control group will receive qigong training after the intervention group completes the program. Upon completion of the qigong intervention program, it is expected that abused Chinese women in the intervention group will have higher levels of telomerase activity and perceived coping and lower levels of proinflammatory cytokines, perceived stress, and depressive symptoms than will abused Chinese women in the wait-list control group. DISCUSSION: This study will provide information about the effect of qigong exercise on telomerase activity and chronic psychological stress in abused Chinese women. The findings will inform the design of interventions to relieve the effects of IPV-related psychological stress on health. Also, the concept that health-promoting behaviors could slow down cellular aging might even motivate abused women to change their lifestyles. TRIAL REGISTRATION: Current Controlled Trials NCT02060123. Registered February 6, 2014.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherBioMed Central Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.biomedcentral.com/bmccomplementalternmed/-
dc.relation.ispartofBMC Complementary and Alternative Medicineen_US
dc.rightsBMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Copyright © BioMed Central Ltd.-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.titleEffect of a qigong intervention program on telomerase activity and psychological stress in abused Chinese women: a randomized, wait-list controlled trialen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailTiwari, AFY: tiwari@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.emailChan, CLW: cecichan@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.emailHo, RTH: tinho@hku.hken_US
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dc.identifier.emailDeng, W: wdeng@hkucc.hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.emailHong, WL: athenawl@hkucc.hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.emailFong, DYT: dytfong@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.emailPang, PS: emilypsp@hku.hken_US
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dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom-

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