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Effect of tai chi versus aerobic exercise for fibromyalgia: comparative effectiveness randomized controlled trial

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k851 (Published 21 March 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k851
Visual Abstract Effect of tai chi versus aerobic exercise for fibromyalgia: comparative effectiveness randomised controlled trial Improvement in symptom scores was greater for people in each of the tai chi groups than for those receiving aerobic exercise. A clinically significant difference was only observed when comparing the highest intensity tai chi programme (twice a week for 24 weeks) with aerobic exercise. 226 Individuals with fibromyalgia Mean age 52 92% female 61% white race 12 or 24 weeks of yang-style supervised tai chi, once or twice a week (4 groups with different schedules) 24 weeks of supervised aerobic exercise, twice a week Primary outcome All tai chi groups 5.5 points lower 2x24 weeks tai chi 16.2 points lower Tai chi 151 Aerobic exercise 75 FIQR score (0–100, low scores better) Clinical significance 8.1 points -14.7 -25.4 -9.2 -9.2