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Medicines 2017, 4(3), 54;

International Expert Panel Consensus Guidelines for Structure and Delivery of Qigong Exercise for Cancer Care Programming

D’Youville College, Buffalo, NY 14201, USA
Niagara College, St Catharines, ON L2R 7R3, Canada
Village of Healing, St Catharines, ON L2R 7R1, Canada
Northern Sidney Cancer Center, Sydney, NSW 2065, Australia
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editor: Wen Liu
Received: 18 June 2017 / Revised: 7 July 2017 / Accepted: 12 July 2017 / Published: 14 July 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Qigong Exercise)
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Integrative oncology, including Qigong, is a relatively new concept in modern healthcare. Evidence of benefits of Qigong in cancer survivors is emerging. As such, several cancer centers, world-wide, have introduced Qigong as part of integrative medicine within supportive cancer care programming. Qigong exercise programming content and quality varies among institutions due to lack of standard guidelines and, at present, relies solely on the instructor’s skills, knowledge, personal preferences and clinical experience. Development of consensus guidelines recommending the basic structure and delivery of Qigong programming in cancer care can potentiate quality assurance and reduce risk of harm. This applied qualitative research utilized a modified Delphi approach to formulate consensus guidelines. Guidelines were developed through discussions among an international expert panel (N = 13) with representation from Australia, Canada, Ireland, and the United States. Panel communication was predominantly conducted by email and occurred from November 2016 through February 2017. Expert panel work resulted in the generation of a work product: Qigong in Cancer Care Guidelines: A Working Paper including: (a) Consensus Guidelines for structure and delivery of Qigong exercise for Cancer care programming; (b) Consensus guidelines for instructor competence for teaching Qigong exercise for cancer care classes; (c) Screening tool for safe participation in Qigong exercise; (d) Class participant instructions for maintaining safety during Qigong exercise; and (e) Advice from the field. Generation of these resources is the first step in establishing recommendations for ‘best practice’ in the area of Qigong for cancer care programming. View Full-Text
Keywords: Qigong; consensus guideline; cancer; supportive care; integrative medicine Qigong; consensus guideline; cancer; supportive care; integrative medicine
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Klein, P.; Picard, G.; Schneider, R.; Oh, B. International Expert Panel Consensus Guidelines for Structure and Delivery of Qigong Exercise for Cancer Care Programming. Medicines 2017, 4, 54.

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