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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.


Effect of an exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation program "Baduanjin Eight-Silken-Movements with self-efficacy building" for heart failure (BESMILE-HF study): study protocol for a randomized controlled trial
Chen X, Jiang W, Lin X, Lundborg Cs, Wen Z, Lu W, et al
Trials 2018;19(1):150-

Does Tai Chi relieve fatigue? A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials
Xiang Y, Lu L, Chen X, Wen Z
PloS one 2017;12(4):e0174872-

Oral Astragalus (Huang qi) for preventing frequent episodes of acute respiratory tract infection in children
Su G, Chen X, Liu Z, Yang L, Zhang , Stålsby Lundborg C, et al
The Cochrane database of systematic reviews 2016;12():CD011958-

Dang shen [Codonopsis pilosula (Franch.) Nannf] herbal formulae for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Shergis Jl, Liu S, Chen X, Zhang Al, Guo X, Lu C, et al
Phytotherapy research : PTR 2015;29(2):167-86

Efficacy and Safety of Sanfu Herbal Patch at Acupoints for Persistent Allergic Rhinitis: Study Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial
Chen X, Lu C, Stålsby-lundborg C, Li Y, Li X, Sun J, et al
Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : eCAM 2015;2015():214846-

Chinese herbal medicine (weijing decoction) combined with pharmacotherapy for the treatment of acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Liu S, Shergis J, Chen X, Yu X, Guo X, Zhang Al, et al
Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : eCAM 2014;2014():257012-

Oral Chinese herbal medicine combined with pharmacotherapy for stable COPD: a systematic review of effect on BODE index and six minute walk test
Chen X, May B, Di Ym, Zhang Al, Lu C, Xue Cc, et al
PloS one 2014;9(3):e91830-