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Remote Tai Chi for Knee Osteoarthritis: An Embedded Pragmatic Trial

All genders
person-wave 50+
Recruiting now


Principal Investigator: Chenchen Wang

The proposed study compares Tai Chi + Routine Care with Routine Care alone to see if the addition of Tai Chi to Routine Care can improve Knee OA pain. The study will be conducted at Tufts Medical Center, UCLA, Boston Medical Center, and Cleveland Clinic. The study is funded by the National Institutes of Health National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. We expect to enroll up to 480 subjects across all sites needed to complete the study

Study details

Inclusion Criteria
  • -Age 50 years or older
  • -Is an active patient at one of the 4 participating healthcare system
  • -Treating clinician diagnosis of knee osteoarthritis
Exclusion Criteria
  • -Serious medical conditions (e.g., dementia, significant neurological deficits or neurodegenerative
    disorder, active cancer treatment, psychosis, sensory deficits) limiting the participant’s ability to
    participate in the Tai Chi safely, as determined by the principal investigators
  • -Any previous reconstructive surgery
  • -Not English speaking
Study Requirements

Participants will be asked to complete six surveys about their knee osteoarthritis symptoms, physical and psychological health over the course of the 12 month study. These surveys will occur at the beginning, 1 month, 2 months, 3 months, 6 months, and 12 months. After completing the beginning surveys, participants will be randomly assigned to either a Tai Chi + Routine Care group or a Routine Care only group. The Tai Chi + Routine Care group will receive 2 Tai Chi classes per week for the first 12 weeks of the study. The Routine Care group will be able to access recordings of the Tai Chi classes after the 12 month study period is over.

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