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Medicines 2018, 5(2), 51;

Accreditation Standard Guideline Initiative for Tai Chi and Qigong Instructors and Training Institutions

Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia
School of Life Science, University of Technology, Ultimo, NSW 2007, Australia
National Institute of Complementary Medicine Health Research Institute, Western Sydney University, Sydney, NSW 2751, Australia
Hanne-Doris Lang Medical Center, 20099 Hamburg, Germany
D’Youville College, Buffalo, NY 14201, USA
Department of Family Medicine, The Catholic University College of Medicine, Seoul 06591, Korea
Department of Radiation Oncology, Ajou University School of Medicine, Suwon 443749, Korea
San Feliciano Hospital Rome, University of Chieti, 83-00166 Chieti, Italy
Massachusetts General Hospital; Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115, USA
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115, USA
College of Nursing & Health Innovation, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
School of Nursing, Yale University, New Haven, CT 06520, USA
Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH 03755, USA
School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH 44106, USA
Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Karolinska Institutet, 17165 Stockholm, Sweden
The University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX 77030, USA
School of Acupuncture-Moxibustion and Tuina, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing 100029, China
The Second Medical College of Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, Guangzhou 510006, China
College of Tai Chi, University of East-West Medicine, Sunnyvale, CA 94085, USA
Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and the David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA
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Received: 26 April 2018 / Revised: 27 May 2018 / Accepted: 4 June 2018 / Published: 8 June 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Mind-body Medicine Approaches)
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Evidence of the health and wellbeing benefits of Tai Chi and Qigong (TQ) have emerged in the past two decades, but TQ is underutilized in modern health care in Western countries due to lack of promotion and the availability of professionally qualified TQ instructors. To date, there are no government regulations for TQ instructors or for training institutions in China and Western countries, even though TQ is considered to be a part of Traditional Chinese medicine that has the potential to manage many chronic diseases. Based on an integrative health care approach, the accreditation standard guideline initiative for TQ instructors and training institutions was developed in collaboration with health professionals, integrative medicine academics, Tai Chi and Qigong master instructors and consumers including public safety officers from several countries, such as Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Italy, Korea, Sweden and USA. In this paper, the rationale for organizing the Medical Tai Chi and Qigong Association (MTQA) is discussed and the accreditation standard guideline for TQ instructors and training institutions developed by the committee members of MTQA is presented. The MTQA acknowledges that the proposed guidelines are broad, so that the diversity of TQ instructors and training institutions can be integrated with recognition that these guidelines can be developed with further refinement. Additionally, these guidelines face challenges in understanding the complexity of TQ associated with different principles, philosophies and schools of thought. Nonetheless, these guidelines represent a necessary first step as primary resource to serve and guide health care professionals and consumers, as well as the TQ community. View Full-Text
Keywords: Tai Chi; Qigong; standards; accreditation; certification; guideline Tai Chi; Qigong; standards; accreditation; certification; guideline

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Oh, B.; Yeung, A.; Klein, P.; Larkey, L.; Ee, C.; Zaslawski, C.; Knobf, T.; Payne, P.; Stener-Victorin, E.; Lee, R.; Choi, W.; Chun, M.; Bonucci, M.; Lang, H.-D.; Pavlakis, N.; Boyle, F.; Clarke, S.; Back, M.; Yang, P.; Wei, Y.; Guo, X.; Weng, C.-H.D.; Irwin, M.R.; Elfiky, A.A.; Rosenthal, D. Accreditation Standard Guideline Initiative for Tai Chi and Qigong Instructors and Training Institutions. Medicines 2018, 5, 51.

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