Implementing evidence-based physical activity interventions for people with mental illness: an Australian perspective

Rosenbaum, Simon, Tiedemann, Anne, Stanton, Robert, Parker, Alexandra, Waterreus, Anna, Curtis, Jackie, and Ward, Philip B. (2016) Implementing evidence-based physical activity interventions for people with mental illness: an Australian perspective. Australiasian Psychiatry, 24 (1). pp. 49-54.

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Abstract

Objectives: Physical activity (PA) and exercise is increasingly being recognised as an efficacious component of treatment for various mental disorders. The association between PA and cardiometabolic disease is well established, as is the strong link between mental illness, sedentary behaviour and poor cardiometabolic health. Examples of successful integration of clinical PA programs within mental health treatment facilities are increasing. The aim of this review was to summarise the evidence regarding PA and mental illness, and to present examples of clinical exercise programs within Australian mental health facilities.

Methods: A narrative synthesis of systematic reviews and clinical trials was conducted.

Results: Evidence supporting the inclusion of PA programs as an adjunct to treatment for various conditions was presented; including depression, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse. In light of the available evidence, the inclusion of clinical PA programs within mental health treatment, facilitated by dedicated clinicians (exercise physiologists / physiotherapists) was justified.

Conclusions: PA is a feasible, effective and acceptable adjunct to usual care for a variety of mental disorders. There is a clear need for greater investment in initiatives aiming to increase PA among people experiencing mental illness, given the benefits to both mental and physical health outcomes.

Item ID: 62160
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1440-1665
Keywords: depression, exercise, mental illness, physical activity, schizophrenia
Copyright Information: © The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists 2015.
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2020 21:56
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110602 Exercise Physiology @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920199 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) not elsewhere classified @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920209 Mental Health Services @ 50%
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