The role of Tai Chi Chuan in health related quality of life in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and heart failure: A literature review
AdvisorsBuckley, John P.
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AbstractThe purpose of this study was to examine the impact of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and heart failure (HF) and therefore to evaluate tai chi chuan (TCC) in general health. Despite the advances in clinical care and medicine, cardiopulmonary diseases continue to be the principal cause of morbidity and mortality. In spite of the symptoms of these chronic diseases; the negative psychological status of the patients has been also demonstrated. The importance of the alleviation of the symptoms, the management of psychological disorders is essential in the progress of the disease. Complementary interventions like TCC appears to be a desirable option that can be used in rehabilitation. A search was conducted to detect reviews, meta‐analyses, systematic reviews and large randomized control trials. Several interventions along with medication contribute to the management of these diseases. A growing number of studies have demonstrated beneficial effects of TCC, such as: improvement in balance, reduction in falls, increase in social interaction; decline in cardiac risk; reduction of disease symptoms; and improvement in pulmonary system, functional and psychological status. However, most of these studies were focused on the physiological improvement rather than on the quality of life (QOL). Further studies are required to investigate the effect of TCC on QOL in patients with HF and COPD.
PublisherUniversity of Chester
TypeThesis or dissertation
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