Kuala Lumpur Qigong trial for women in the cancer survivorship

Siew Yim Loh, Shing Yee Lee, Liam Murray

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a culturally preferred occupational engagement to improve QOL of cancer survivors , with evidence of effectiveness

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Occupational therapy embedded supportive care with patient self management principles for the cohort of community survivors, has the evidence to improve QOL

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Dr Siew Yim Loh, PhD
Dr Siew Yim Loh, PhD
University of Malaya
Assoc Prof Dr.
Cancer survivorship, rehabilitation, Health behaviour, Occupational therapy, Occupational Science, Oncorehabilitation
Kuala Lumpur, WP | Malaysia
Involvement of right rehabilitation personnel such as occupational therapists working inter-disciplinarily directly with core stakeholders, ensure cost effective deliveries of intervention -in the era of shrinking healthcare budget Dr Siew Yim Loh, PhD

The Kuala Lumpur Qigong trial for women in the cancer survivorship phase-efficacy of a three-arm RCT to improve QOL.

Authors:
Dr Siew Yim Loh, PhD
Dr Siew Yim Loh, PhD
University of Malaya
Assoc Prof Dr.
Cancer survivorship, rehabilitation, Health behaviour, Occupational therapy, Occupational Science, Oncorehabilitation
Kuala Lumpur, WP | Malaysia

Asian Pac J Cancer Prev 2014 ;15(19):8127-34

Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia E-mail :

Background: Qigong is highly favoured among Asian breast cancer survivors for enhancing health. This study examined the hypothesis that quality of life (QoL) in the Qigong group is better than the placebo (aerobic) or usual care group.

Materials And Methods: A total of 197 participants were randomly assigned to either the 8-week Kuala Lumpur Qigong Trial or control groups in 2010-2011. Measurement taken at baseline and post- intervention included QoL, distress and fatigue. Analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) and Kruskal Wallis were used to examine for differences between groups in the measurements.

Results: There were 95 consenting participants in this 8week trial. The adherence rates were 63% for Qigong and 65% for the placebo group. The Qigong group showed significant marginal improvement in Quality of life scores compared to placebo (mean difference=7.3 unit; p=0.036), compared to usual care (mean difference=6.7 unit; p=0.048) on Functional Assessment Cancer Therapy-Breast measure. There were no significant changes between the placebo and usual care groups in fatigue or distress at post intervention (8-week).

Conclusions: Cancer survivors who participated in the Qigong intervention showed slightly better QOL. Follow up studies are greatly needed to evaluate which subgroups may best benefit from Qigong. With a steep rise of cancer survivors, there is an urgent need to explore and engage more cultural means of physical activity to fight side effects of treatment and for cancer control in developing countries.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.7314/apjcp.2014.15.19.8127DOI Listing
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