Embedding an exercise professional within an inpatient mental health service: a qualitative study

Fibbins, Hamish, Ward, Philip, Stanton, Robert, Czsonek, Louise, Cudmore, Jeanette, Michael, Sarah, Steel, Zachary, and Rosenbaum, Simon (2019) Embedding an exercise professional within an inpatient mental health service: a qualitative study. Mental Health and Physical Activity, 17. 100300.

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Background: Integrating exercise professionals into mental health settings is a key strategy in addressing the physical health inequalities of people living with mental illness. Workforce culture surrounding physical health may impact the utilisation of exercise professionals across inpatient settings.

Aims: To evaluate clinician perspectives regarding the implementation of an exercise professional at the mental health service in a large, urban hospital in Sydney, Australia.

Methods: A qualitative study using semi-structured interviews with a purposive sample of mental health staff was conducted. Data were analysed using thematic analysis.

Results: Fourteen mental health clinicians (approximately 35% of all eligible staff) participated in interviews. Three themes emerged regarding the role of the exercise professional; i) drivers and facilitators; ii) support from leadership; and iii) directions for future practice.

Conclusions: An exercise professional within a mental health service was identified as an effective strategy in improving consumer health outcomes while increasing the knowledge and confidence of mental health clinicians regarding the provision of physical health care. Exercise professionals should be recognised as important members of the standard multidisciplinary mental health team for in patients being treated for mental illness.

Item ID: 62116
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1878-0199
Keywords: culture, exercise, mental health, physical activity, staff
Copyright Information: © 2019 Elsevier Ltd.
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2020 19:47
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110602 Exercise Physiology @ 60%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111714 Mental Health @ 40%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920209 Mental Health Services @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920412 Preventive Medicine @ 50%
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