A call to action: Exercise as treatment for patients with mental illness

Stanton, Robert, Rosenbaum, Simon, Kalucy, Megan, Reaburn, Peter, and Happell, Brenda (2015) A call to action: Exercise as treatment for patients with mental illness. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 21 (2). pp. 120-125.

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Mental illness affects the lives of a significant number of Australians. In addition to pharmacological and psychological interventions, exercise has demonstrated benefits for people with mental illness including symptom reduction, improved cardiovascular risk profile and improved physical capacity. Unfortunately, evidence shows that clinician-delivered exercise advice is not routinely offered. This is despite patient acceptability for exercise. This article summarises the recent evidence supporting the prescription of exercise for people with mental illness and offers a model incorporating basic exercise prescription, and referral pathways for specialised advice. Current exercise prescription patterns for people with mental illness may not meet patient expectations; therefore, clinicians should consider exercise referral schemes to increase the accessibility of interventions for people with a mental illness.

Item ID: 62175
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1836-7399
Copyright Information: © La Trobe University 2015.
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2024 22:50
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110602 Exercise Physiology @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111716 Preventive Medicine @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920209 Mental Health Services @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health @ 50%
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