Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Medical Science (MMSc)

First Advisor

M. Tish Knobf, PhD, RN, FAAN


Sleep disturbance affects nearly 30 percent of breast cancer survivors and has consequences on quality of life. Pharmacologic treatment for sleep disturbance exists, however cancer survivors are seeking alternative ways to improve outcomes. There is a need to investigate treatment modalities for sleep disturbance and quality of life in this population. Qigong is a five-dimension-based mind-body therapy that has shown to improve sleep disturbance and quality of life. There has yet to be a randomized controlled trial comparing Qigong to an active control on sleep disturbance specifically for breast cancer survivors. We propose that Qigong will be superior in improving sleep disturbance and quality of life in breast cancer survivors when compared to light exercise. Participants will be randomized to either Qigong or light exercise over twelve weeks. The findings will inform healthcare providers and assist them in managing symptoms that may improve quality of life in this population.

Open Access

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