The effect of Tai Chi on quality of life in male older people : A randomized controlled clinical trial
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Original versionTajik, A., Rejeh, N., Heravi-Karimooi, M., Kia, P. S., Tadrisi, S. D., Watts, T. E., ... Vaismoradi, M. (2018). The effect of Tai Chi on quality of life in male older people: A randomized controlled clinical trial. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 33, 191-196. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2018.10.009
Background and aim: Physical activity can improve the mental and physical functioning of older people. This study investigated the impact of Tai Chi exercise on the quality of life of older men. Methods: This randomized controlled clinical trial was conducted on 132 older men in an urban area of Iran. The subjects were randomly assigned into two groups: a Tai Chi intervention group and a control group (n = 66 per group). Quality of life was evaluated using the Leiden-Padua quality of life questionnaire before and after the intervention. Data analysis was performed using analytical statistics via the SPSS software. Results: After eight weeks of Tai Chi exercise, the mean scores of quality of life in diﬀerent areas demonstrated a statistically signiﬁcant diﬀerence between the two groups (p < 0 0.05). Conclusion: This study illustrated that the 8-week Tai Chi intervention had a positive eﬀect on quality of life in older men.