We’ve told you before that we appreciate the no-nonsense approach of the Washington Post “Quick Study” column. This week they published another – on the recent study of tai chi for fibromyalgia.
CAVEATS Data were based on the participants’ ratings of their pain and their answers to questionnaires. The number of participants was small, and the study did not assess long-term effectiveness. The results may have been influenced by participants’ beliefs and expectations, although the researchers said they tried to de-emphasize tai chi by telling participants that the study would test the effects of two types of exercise programs, one combined with education.
Oh, if only we could get that kind of short, evidence-based scrutiny in all of our health news stories!