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Effects of Qigong in patients with burnout: A randomized controlled trial

doi: 10.2340/16501977-0417

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OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy of Qigong in rehabili­tation for patients with burnout.
DESIGN: Prospective, randomized controlled trial.
SUBJECTS: Eighty-two patients (68 women and 14 men, mean age 44.3 (standard deviation 9.1) years) diagnosed with burnout.
METHODS: Basic care was offered to both the intervention and the control group. Patients in the intervention group received basic care and, in addition, performed Qigong twice a week for 12 weeks. Psychological variables, health-related quality of life, perceived relaxation and physical measurements were assessed at baseline and after the intervention period.
RESULTS: No significant difference in treatment efficacy between the groups was found by either intention-to-treat or per-protocol analyses. Both groups improved significantly over time, with reduced levels of burnout, fatigue, anxiety and depression, and increased dynamic balance and physical capacity.
CONCLUSION: In this study, a Qigong intervention twice a week for 12 weeks had no additional effect beyond basic care for patients with burnout.


Therese Stenlund, Lisbeth Slunga Birgander, Bernt Lindahl, Leif Nilsson, Christina Ahlgren


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Volume 41, Issue 9

DOI: 10.2340/16501977-0417

Pages: 761-767

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