Abstract Purpose: The aim of the study was to assess the feasibility, safety, and preliminary estimates of effectiveness of Tai Chi on functional outcomes in stroke survivors. Design: A mixed-method study with a single-group repeated-measure design and in-depth interviews. Methods: Fourteen stroke survivors with hemiplegia were recruited to participate in a Tai Chi program, twice weekly for 12 months. Outcomes included physical function, self-efficacy, and activity of daily living measured at 3-month intervals for 12 months. Findings: Ten participants (mean age, 68.5 years) completed all assessments with significantly improved balance (χ2 = 14.08, p = .007), flexibility (χ2 = 11.70, p = .020), and self-efficacy (χ2 = 21.84, p < .001) over 12 months. Qualitative results highlighted the positive impact on physical improvement, psychological well-being, social support, and improved confidence in performing activities of daily living. Conclusion: An adapted Tai Chi program was safe, feasible, and well received in community-dwelling stroke survivors. Clinical Relevance: The Tai Chi-based rehabilitation program shows promise for improving function and balance outcomes related to fall prevention in stroke survivors.
Rehabilitation Nursing – Wolters Kluwer Health
Published: Apr 1, 2017
It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.
Enjoy affordable access to
over 18 million articles from more than
15,000 peer-reviewed journals.
All for just $49/month
Query the DeepDyve database, plus search all of PubMed and Google Scholar seamlessly
Save any article or search result from DeepDyve, PubMed, and Google Scholar... all in one place.
All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.
“Whoa! It’s like Spotify but for academic articles.”@Phil_Robichaud