Evidence Map of Tai Chi Research

December 17, 2017 Joe Brady

Understanding evidence-based research involving complex studies and multiple benefits can be challenging even for those trained in research methods much less the average person on the street. Data Visualisation has the power to present complex information in a way that is both accurate and beautiful. This evidence map of Tai Chi makes it easy to see what benefits have been proven and which areas need further research.

Evidence Map of Tai Chi.This evidence map provides an overview of Tai Chi research and describes its volume and focus. It combines a systematic review of systematic reviews with a scoping review of the VA priority areas pain, posttraumatic stress disorder, and fall prevention. Tai Chi has been investigated as a treatment for a number of clinical indications. The systematic review identified 107 systematic reviews. Reviews addressing general health effects, psychological well-being, or interventions in older adults included between 31 and 51 randomized controlled trials (RCTs). The topic areas balance, hypertension, falls, quality of life, cognitive performance, and vestibulopathy have also been the focus of research; included reviews identified 10 or more pertinent RCTs per topic. Statistically significant effects across existing studies were reported for hypertension, falls, cognitive performance, osteoarthritis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pain, balance confidence, depression, and muscle strength.
To read the entire study click here https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK253201/

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