Effects of Qigong, Tai Chi and Yoga Practice in Older Adults

This study has been completed.
Gencare Incorporated
Information provided by:
Bastyr University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First received: July 2, 2008
Last updated: July 9, 2009
Last verified: July 2009

The purpose of this study is to compare the effects of an 8-week intervention using YiRen Qigong, Tai Chi or Hatha yoga in older adults (age 70 and above) residing at a Gencare senior living facility. Outcome measures completed at the beginning and end of each intervention period will be blood pressure, heart rate, perceived quality of life (PQOL)and a symptoms questionnaire (SF-36), ability and speed of walking 20 feet (for ambulatory participants), and neck and arm range of motion.

Condition Intervention
Other: YiRen Qi gong
Other: Tai Chi
Other: Hatha yoga

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
Official Title: Effects of Qigong, Tai Chi and Yog Practice on Indicators of Health and Quality of Life in Older Adults

Further study details as provided by Bastyr University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Blood pressure [ Time Frame: End of 8-week class ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Heart rate [ Time Frame: End of 8-week class ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Quality of life (SF-36 and PQOL) [ Time Frame: End of 8-week class ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Adverse events [ Time Frame: End of 8-week class ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]

Estimated Enrollment: 50
Study Start Date: May 2008
Study Completion Date: June 2009
Primary Completion Date: June 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 1
YiRen Qi gong weekly class for 8 weeks
Other: YiRen Qi gong
One hour weekly class for 8 week duration
Experimental: 2
Tai Chi weekly class for 8 weeks
Other: Tai Chi
One hour weekly class for 8 week duration
Active Comparator: 3
Hatha yoga weekly class for 8 weeks
Other: Hatha yoga
One hour weekly class for 8 week duration


Ages Eligible for Study:   70 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Be a resident of a Gencare Senior Living facility in Granite Falls, Lynnwood, Renton, Ballard and Lake City, WA
  • Be at least 70 years of age
  • Be willing to participate in the tai chi, qi gong and/or yoga classes
  • Willing to complete study-related outcomes assessments

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Not medically able to participate in the mild level of activity involved in the 3 interventions as determined by the resident's physician
  • Unable to complete study questionnaires or study procedures at screening
  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00710853

United States, Washington
Gencare-The Village at Granite Falls
Granite Falls, Washington, United States, 98252
Gencare-Scriber Gardens
Lynnwood, Washington, United States, 98036
Gencare-The Lodge at Eagle Ridge
Renton, Washington, United States, 98055
Sponsors and Collaborators
Bastyr University
Gencare Incorporated
Principal Investigator: Mark Martzen, PhD Bastyr University
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Wendy Weber, ND, MPH, PhD until 3/20/9 Mark Martzen, PhD thereafter, Bastyr University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00710853     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: GC23B11
Study First Received: July 2, 2008
Last Updated: July 9, 2009
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Bastyr University:
Qi gong
Tai chi
Geriatric Assessment

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on April 23, 2014