Skip to main content
main-content

21.03.2018 | Review Article | Ausgabe 7/2018

Supportive Care in Cancer 7/2018

Ameliorative effects of Tai Chi on cancer-related fatigue: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials

Zeitschrift:
Supportive Care in Cancer > Ausgabe 7/2018
Autoren:
Shangjin Song, Jiahui Yu, Yi Ruan, Xuan Liu, Lijuan Xiu, Xiaoqiang Yue
Wichtige Hinweise
Shangjin Song and Jiahui Yu contributed equally to this work.

Abstract

Purpose

This meta-analysis investigated the effectiveness of Tai Chi on cancer-related fatigue (CRF).

Methods

Nine databases (PubMed, Web of Science, Ovid, the Cochrane Library, Embase, and four Chinese databases) were searched to identify randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that evaluated the effects of Tai Chi on CRF. The reference lists given in the identified RCTs were also reviewed to identify potentially relevant studies.

Results

Six RCTs involving 373 patients were included. The change in short- and long-term CRF (SCRF and LCRF, respectively) was calculated as the change in the mean score for CRF from baseline to the end of intervention period and to the end of post-intervention follow-up, respectively. Pooled results suggested that Tai Chi had a significant positive effect on standard mean difference (i.e., SCRF; SMD = − 0.54; p < 0.0001), but the impact on LCRF remained unclear. Subgroup analyses of SCRF indicated positive effects of Tai Chi among patients with breast (SMD = − 0.81; p < 0.00001) and lung cancer (SMD = − 0.50; p = 0.002), but not prostate cancer (p = 0.98). Tai Chi also had effects on SCRF that were superior to physical exercise and psychological support (SMD = − 0.49 and − 0.84, respectively; both p < 0.05). A longer intervention time (8–12 weeks) benefited SCRF more than a shorter time (SMD = − 1.08 and − 0.36, respectively; both p < 0.05).

Conclusion

Tai Chi for more than 8 weeks has short-term ameliorative effects on CRF, especially among patients with breast and lung cancer. Its beneficial effects are superior to physical exercise and psychological support. It remains unclear whether there are long-term benefits, and further study is needed.

Bitte loggen Sie sich ein, um Zugang zu diesem Inhalt zu erhalten

★ PREMIUM-INHALT
e.Med Interdisziplinär

Mit e.Med Interdisziplinär erhalten Sie Zugang zu allen CME-Fortbildungen und Fachzeitschriften auf SpringerMedizin.de. Zusätzlich können Sie eine Zeitschrift Ihrer Wahl in gedruckter Form beziehen – ohne Aufpreis.

Weitere Produktempfehlungen anzeigen
Literatur
Über diesen Artikel

Weitere Artikel der Ausgabe 7/2018

Supportive Care in Cancer 7/2018 Zur Ausgabe
  1. Das kostenlose Testabonnement läuft nach 14 Tagen automatisch und formlos aus. Dieses Abonnement kann nur einmal getestet werden.

Neu im Fachgebiet Onkologie

Mail Icon II Newsletter

Bestellen Sie unseren kostenlosen Newsletter Update Onkologie und bleiben Sie gut informiert – ganz bequem per eMail.

Bildnachweise