Acceptability and Feasibility of a Tai Chi/Qigong Intervention for Older People Living With HIV

Gladys E. Ibañez, Shyfuddin Ahmed, Nan Hu, Linda Larkey, Kristopher P. Fennie, Micaela Lembo, Laura Huertas

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Tai chi/qigong (TCQ) is a low impact, meditative movement with breathwork that may benefit people with HIV (PWH) over 50 years old. This study is a feasibility clinical trial of a remote TCQ intervention for older PWH. Participants (n = 48) were recruited via clinic sites and social media and randomized to a TCQ, sham qigong, or wait-list control group. The 12-week intervention included fourteen 45–60-minute sessions. Acceptability (satisfaction, attitudes, practice, attendance) and feasibility (retention rate, adverse events, remote delivery) data were surveyed. Overall retention rate was 72.9%, but 81.2% for the TCQ group. Most TCQ participants attended at least 10 sessions (62.5%) and were practicing TCQ after 2 weeks (72.7%). Over 92% of TCQ participants reported satisfaction and positive attitudes and preferred remote versus in person delivery (63.6%). Two mild intervention related adverse events occurred. Findings suggest that a remote TCQ intervention is acceptable, feasible, and safe among older PWH.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1291-1300
Number of pages10
JournalAIDS and Behavior
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2024


  • Intervention
  • Older adults
  • People living with HIV
  • Qigong
  • Tai chi

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases


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