of Qigong Exercises on Perceived Stress Levels
Pre & Post Intervention Study 2007
Principal Investigator: Kathleen A. Levac RN MS MQT
Co-Investigators: Linda Larkey, PhD, & Roger Jahnke OMD, IIQTC
The purpose of this study is
to investigate if regular practice of Qigong exercises can reduce perceived
stress levels in adults. It will also look for changes in blood pressure
and weight (BMI) as participants are willing to participate.
The study tool is the 10 item
Perceived Stress questionnaire with additional questions on sleep, pain,
energy level, and a 1-10 overall stress, energy, and health rating. It
will be used to measure the perceived stress level before and after an
8 week qigong program. The 8 week qigong program will consist of 1 hour
weekly class during the time frame of January 1, 2007 – December
31, 2007. This tool will
measure the impact of the first 6 weeks of the program.
Additional demographics that
will be collected include: gender (male/female), age in years, ethnic
identity, sense of well being, exertion level, and intensity of qigong
practice. Optional items are height, weight, blood pressure, and health
history information on heart disease and cancer.
The persons to be surveyed
are participants of a qigong class taught by an IIQTC instructor using
IIQTC curriculum.The study participants are assigned a study participation
number that is noted on the pre andpost program survey. The perceived
stress levels before and after the qigong stress levels will be compared
to determine the impact of the qigong program.
Participant Inclusion Criteria:
- “New to qigong”
students preferred (students with previous qigong practice experience
may be included)
- Must have attended
4 of 8 classes or report consistent practice outside of class,
Participant Control Criteria:
- Major life event
after pre-program survey (e.g. separation/divorce, death of loved one,
move, job change)
- New energy therapy
started after pre-program survey (such as acupuncture, reiki, biofield
- Current other energy
therapy practice such as yoga or traditional tai chi
Participants meeting inclusion
and control criteria will be identified via the post program survey. All
survey data can be submitted but subgroups will be segregated for analysis.
Students who have been actively studying qigong prior to the study should
not be included in the study survey process. Data will be analyzed for
statistical significance. The data is de-identified so that researchers
will not be able to link participants to the data.
Reports will be summarized
and distributed to the instructors participating in the study. Data will
be reported in nationwide aggregate form only. Instructors and corporations
with an aggregate sample size of over 30 participants, may request aggregate
data for their subgroup (e.g. range and average PSS score for group).
No individual participant data will be provided. A data processing fee
may be assessed.
If there is a possibility of
creating a control group of similar people, please contact
the coordinator to discuss options (e.g. enough participants
for 2 consecutive sessions to randomly assign to first or second session.)