Xiankun Chen

Affiliated to research

About me

I am a medical doctor in internal medicine in China. Since 2013, I have worked in the field of clinical trials as a research assistant. My research interests are developing and evaluating non-pharmacology therapies to improve the health care service for patients with chronic heart failure, focusing on exercise, cardiac-rehabilitation, life-style behaviors, and some traditional therapies.

Research description

Research project: Evaluation of an exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation program for patients with chronic heart failure in China

Chronic heart failure (CHF) is a major and growing public health problem and poses economic burden on the society. There is a need for a safe, equipment-free, low-cost, and easily implemented exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation program for CHF patients in China. Baduanjin exercise, translated as ‘eight silken movements’, is one of the most common forms of traditional Chinese exercise and it could have value to be integrated into a exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation program for CHF patients, together with education, evaluation and consultancy. Accordingly, the BESMILE-HF program applying the Baduanjin exercise as the central component, has been developed in Guangdong Provincial Hospital of Chinese Medicine which is one of the largest hospitals of Chinese medicine in China. This project is to evaluate the efficacy and acceptability of BESMILE-HF program in patients with CHF in China, and it will be based on a randomized controlled trial and a qualitative study.