Combination of Behavioral Rehabilitation and Qigong Benefit Burnout Patients on Sick Leave
June 28, 2012 -
This study was performed by Umea University in Umea, Sweden. It is published in
the June 2012 issue of Journal of rehabilitation medicine.
Objective: To evaluate the long-term effects of two different rehabilitation
programs for patients on long-term sick leave for burnout.
Design: Three-year follow-up of a randomized controlled trial with two 1-year
group programs: (A) cognitively oriented behavioral rehabilitation in
combination with Qigong; and (B) Qigong alone. Patients: A total of 107 patients
with burnout (78 women and 29 men), who all completed the 1-year rehabilitation
program per-protocol, were asked to participate in the follow-up.
Methods: At the 3-year follow-up, data on psychological measures, sick leave and
use of medication were compared between the programs.
Results: Patients in program A reported being significantly more recovered from
their burnout, reported lower levels of burnout, used more cognitive tools
learned from the program, and had reduced their use of medication for
depression. No significant differences were found between the groups in terms of
sick leave rates; both groups had improved.
Conclusion: A multimodal rehabilitation including cognitively oriented
behavioral rehabilitation and Qigong showed positive effects 3 years after the
end of intervention. The results indicate that, for many burnout patients on
sick-leave, it takes time to implement cognitive tools and to establish new