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STUDY PROTOCOL
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 31-37

Safety and efficacy of WeChat combined with Yi Jin Jing exercise for the treatment of cervical spondylosis in white-collar workers: study protocol for a prospective open label randomized controlled trial


1 Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai, China
2 Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai; Wanggang Community Health Center of Shanghai Pudong New Area, Shanghai, China
3 Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai; Shanghai Spinecare Physical Theary and Exercise Rehabilitation Center, Shanghai, China

Correspondence Address:
Xiao-ting Tang
Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai; Wanggang Community Health Center of Shanghai Pudong New Area, Shanghai
China
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2468-5674.178853

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Background: Yi Jin Jing (changing tendon exercise) is a traditional Chinese exercise. Yi Jin Jing can reportedly prevent cervical spondylosis in financial professionals. In the absence of effective supervision and follow-up training, Yi Jin Jing self-exercise does not become habitual, reducing the efficacy of the technique. WeChat is an online text and voice messaging communication service developed by Tencent in China, and can be used as an interactive platform for doctors and patients. We hypothesized that WeChat could be used to guide Yi Jin Jing exercise, potentially enhancing the preventative and therapeutic benefits for cervical spondylosis in white-collar workers. Methods/Design: 120 financial professionals with cervical spondylosis working at the Bank Card Industrial Park in Pudong New Area, Shanghai, China will be enrolled in this prospective, open label, randomized controlled trial. Participants will be equally and randomly divided into two groups. In the intervention group, participants will undertake conventional Yi Jin Jing training followed by a group chat using WeChat to provide interactive guidance. In the control group, participants will undertake conventional Yi Jin Jing training alone. The primary ontcome will be the Cervical Spondylosis Symptoms scale measured 1, 3, 6 and 12 months after training. The secondary outcomes will be the 36-item Short Form Health Survey score, Visual Analog Scale score for pain intensity, medical expenses and the number of days absent from work. Discussion: This study will examine whether on-going interactive Yi Jin Jing exercise using the WeChat platform will improve outcomes in participants with cervical spondylosis. Trial registration: This trial was registered with the Chinese Clinical Trial Registry (identifier: ChiCTR-OCH-13003426) on 6 August 2013. Ethical approval: Written approval for this project was obtained from the Ethics Committee of Wanggang Community Health Center, Shanghai Pudong New Area, Shanghai, China (approval number WG2013 0709001). All patients will be informed of the protocols and will provide written informed consent.


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