People working at hospitals are often under stress. Researchers at University of Colorado studied the effects of Qigong training on stress regulation among hospital staff (Griffith et al., 2008). A total of 37 subjects were involved in the study. The test group participated in a 6-week Qigong training program.
The study found that the Qigong group had remarkable stress reduction compared to the control group (Griffith et al., 2008). The Qigong group also had better improvement on the Social Interaction subscale.
In addition, the Qigong group had a remarkable reduction of pain intensity, while the control group did not (Griffith et al., 2008). Furthermore, statistical analysis correlated higher baseline stress levels and better improvement among the Qigong group.
These findings indicate that even short-term Qigong training can help managing stress among hospital staff. More studies are necessary to confirm the effects of Qigong and to find out its mechanisms.
Griffith, J. M., Hasley, J. P., et al. (2008) Qigong stress reduction in hospital staff. J Altern Complement Med 14, 939-945.