Researchers studied the effects of Qigong practice among chronically sick patients during the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak in Hong Kong (Siu et al., 2007). Researchers investigated how the training influenced the social environment of Hong Kong during the outbreak.
A total of 30 participants from three Qigong classes were involved in the study (Siu et al., 2007). The researchers observed that the underlying and trigger motivations prompted the chronically sick patients to take the training. The underlying motivations included the belief in Qigong on the effects of health promotion and the unpleasant feelings during the Western treatments. The trigger motivations included the seeking of coping strategies.
The study found that among those patients who practiced Qigong, the training improved their health and served as an effective coping strategy to achieve the active control (Siu et al., 2007). The practice helped the patients to overcome the social discrimination during the outbreak. The study suggests that Qigong may be a helpful mind-body technique to support chronic patients both physically and psychologically during an epidemic crisis. Further studies may help elucidate the mechanisms of such effects.
Siu, J. Y., Sung, H. C., et al. (2007) Qigong practice among chronically ill patients during the SARS outbreak. J Clin Nurs 16, 769-776.