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Tai Chi - Easily Incorporated Care for Outpatients with Hypertension
December 28, 2012 -
This two-group pretest and posttest quasi-experimental study aimed to evaluate the effects of a Tai Chi exercise program on exercise behavior and blood pressure (BP) in outpatients with hypertension. It is published in the December 2012 issue of the International journal of nursing practice.

The experimental group (with 27 participants) received the Yang-style Tai Chi exercise program three times a week for 8 weeks. The control group (with 31 participants) received routine care with no Tai Chi exercise. Exercise behavior and exercise time using Routine Health Care Behavior scale and BP were assessed at baseline and 8 weeks. The experimental group had a significant improvement on exercise behavior and exercise time, and a significant reduction in systolic BP and diastolic BPs compared with those of the control group.

Tai Chi is an inexpensive and viable exercise and can improve exercise behavior and BP control in outpatients with hypertension. Tai Chi exercise might offer outpatients with hypertension additional options, such as an adjunct to formal cardiac rehabilitation or as an exercise alternative in their management of hypertension. Nursing staff can easily learn and incorporate this exercise in patient education or care planning in the care of patients with hypertension in outpatient settings.




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