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Tai Chi for Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00522054
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : August 29, 2007
Last Update Posted : August 29, 2007
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Diakonhjemmet Hospital

Tracking Information
First Submitted Date  ICMJE August 27, 2007
First Posted Date  ICMJE August 29, 2007
Last Update Posted Date August 29, 2007
Study Start Date  ICMJE September 2004
Primary Completion Date Not Provided
Current Primary Outcome Measures  ICMJE
 (submitted: August 27, 2007)
Balance was measured with Walking in a Figure of Eight. Strength and endurance were measured by Timed-Stands test. Shoulder function was measured with Assessments of Shoulder Movement Impairment Scale. [ Time Frame: 15 min ]
Original Primary Outcome Measures  ICMJE Same as current
Change History No Changes Posted
Current Secondary Outcome Measures  ICMJE
 (submitted: August 27, 2007)
  • Blood samples were collected for determination of sedimentation rate (ESR) and C-reactive protein (CRP). A rheumatologist examined the patients with the number of 28 swollen and tender joints. [ Time Frame: 15 min ]
  • Self-reported health status included Health Assessment Questionnaire, visual analogue scale for fatigue, muscle pain, and fear of falling, Short Form Health Survey and Arthritis Self-Efficacy Scale [ Time Frame: 15 min ]
  • Focus group interview in order to capture the participants' experiences and perceptions with Tai Chi. [ Time Frame: 1 hour ]
Original Secondary Outcome Measures  ICMJE Same as current
Current Other Pre-specified Outcome Measures Not Provided
Original Other Pre-specified Outcome Measures Not Provided
Descriptive Information
Brief Title  ICMJE Tai Chi for Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis
Official Title  ICMJE Tai Chi for Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Quantitative and Qualitative Study
Brief Summary The purpose of this study was to study the impact of Tai Chi group exercise on physical function, health and disease activity of patients with RA, and to examine the patients' experience and perception of Tai Chi.
Detailed Description

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic, inflammatory and systemic disease that mainly affects the musculoskeletal system. The disease is often progressive and may result in reduced physical function, pain, fatigue, and joint destruction. Exercise programs are reported to improve physical functioning in patients with RA.

Tai Chi is a traditional Chinese martial art that was developed in the 13th century, and combines slow and gentle movements with mental focus.

The aim of this study was to examine the impact of a 12 weeks standardized Tai Chi group exercise program on disease activity, physical function and health status in patients with RA attending. Further, the patients experiences of possible effects of Tai Chi were to be obtained in a focus group interview.

Study Type  ICMJE Interventional
Study Phase  ICMJE Not Applicable
Study Design  ICMJE Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Condition  ICMJE Rheumatoid Arthritis
Intervention  ICMJE Other: Physical exercise
Tai Chi exercise, twice a week during 12 weeks
Study Arms  ICMJE A
Single group study
Intervention: Other: Physical exercise
Publications * Uhlig T, Fongen C, Steen E, Christie A, Ødegård S. Exploring Tai Chi in rheumatoid arthritis: a quantitative and qualitative study. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2010 Mar 5;11:43. doi: 10.1186/1471-2474-11-43.

*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
Recruitment Information
Recruitment Status  ICMJE Completed
Actual Enrollment  ICMJE
 (submitted: August 27, 2007)
Original Actual Enrollment  ICMJE Same as current
Actual Study Completion Date  ICMJE March 2005
Primary Completion Date Not Provided
Eligibility Criteria  ICMJE

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Diagnosis of RA according to the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) 1987
  • Stable medical treatment
  • No earlier experience with Tai Chi

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Lack of ability to bear weight on the lower extremities
  • Recent or ongoing disease flare
  • Unstable heart condition
  • Participation in other physical exercise interventions more than twice a week included in other intervention studies.
Sex/Gender  ICMJE
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
Ages  ICMJE 18 Years to 70 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Accepts Healthy Volunteers  ICMJE No
Contacts  ICMJE Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects
Listed Location Countries  ICMJE Norway
Removed Location Countries  
Administrative Information
NCT Number  ICMJE NCT00522054
Other Study ID Numbers  ICMJE 587-03244
Has Data Monitoring Committee No
U.S. FDA-regulated Product Not Provided
IPD Sharing Statement  ICMJE Not Provided
Responsible Party Not Provided
Study Sponsor  ICMJE Diakonhjemmet Hospital
Collaborators  ICMJE Not Provided
Investigators  ICMJE
Study Chair: Camilla Fongen, MSc National Resource Center for Rehabilitation in Rheumatology
PRS Account Diakonhjemmet Hospital
Verification Date August 2007

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