for people ages 18 years and up (full criteria)
at UC Davis
study started
completion around
Principal Investigator
by Michelle Dossett (ucdavis)
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Michelle Dossett



The purpose of this study is to conduct a pilot feasibility study of external qigong on health-related quality of life in individuals with prolonged symptoms following COVID-19 infection.


The purpose of this study is to determine whether external qigong, a traditional Chinese medicine healing practice, improves quality of life and symptoms for individuals with prolonged symptoms following a COVID-19 infection (sometimes called "long COVID"). The study involves completing questionnaires and participating in 6 weekly in person small group qigong sessions with an experienced qigong practitioner.

Participants will be randomized to participate in either an immediate or waitlist control group that will receive the qigong sessions starting 8 weeks later. Participants will complete 3 sets of questionnaires, each about 8 weeks apart and an interview about their experiences with qigong after completing the 6 sessions.


Long COVID, Qigong, Post-Acute COVID-19 Syndrome, External Qigong, Immediate


You can join if…

Open to people ages 18 years and up

  1. English-speaking adults age 18 or greater
  2. History of a COVID-19 infection with lingering symptoms lasting longer than 12 weeks
  3. Willing and able to access the internet to complete questionnaires
  4. Willing and able to travel to the qigong sessions to participate in person in Sacramento, CA.

You CAN'T join if...

  1. Lung scarring secondary to COVID-19 infection as evidenced by signs of parenchymal lung damage on imaging or FVC < 80% (any patient with post COVID-related shortness of breath must have PFTs to be considered for enrollment).
  2. Dementia
  3. Any other condition that makes it difficult for the individual to complete questionnaires or attend the qigong sessions.


  • University of California Davis Health
    Sacramento California 95817 United States

Lead Scientist at University of California Health

  • Michelle Dossett (ucdavis)
    My research is focused in two primary areas. The first, in understanding the mechanisms by which enhanced patient-clinician interactions contribute to improved health outcomes for patients. My second research focus is in understanding the health benefits of mind-body medicine/stress-reduction practices for both patients and clinicians.


in progress, not accepting new patients
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University of California, Davis
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About 40 people participating
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