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Effects of a walking program in the psychiatric in-patient treatment setting: a cohort study.

Ng, Felicity, Dodd, Seetal, Jacka, Felice, Leslie, Evie and Berk, Michael 2007, Effects of a walking program in the psychiatric in-patient treatment setting: a cohort study., Health promotion journal of Australia, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 39-42.

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Title Effects of a walking program in the psychiatric in-patient treatment setting: a cohort study.
Author(s) Ng, Felicity
Dodd, Seetal
Jacka, Felice
Leslie, Evie
Berk, Michael
Journal name Health promotion journal of Australia
Volume number 18
Issue number 1
Start page 39
End page 42
Publisher Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals
Place of publication West Perth, W.A.
Publication date 2007-04
ISSN 1036-1073
1753-6405
Keyword(s) mental health
walking
depression
physical activity
in-patients
outcomes
Summary Issue addressed: To assess the effectiveness of a walking program in a psychiatric in-patient unit. Method: In-patients at a private psychiatric unit were offered the opportunity to participate in a daily morning 40 minute walk led by an activity supervisor. After discharge, outcomes for patients who had regularly participated in the walking group (n=35) and patients who had not participated (n=49) were compared for length of stay during their period of admission and Clinical Global Impression - Severity (CGI-S) and  Depression Anxiety Stress Scales (DASS) scores measured at admission and discharge. This was a retrospective analysis of data collected routinely. Results: There were no significant differences between the two cohorts on most primary outcome measures, including length of stay, DASS scores at admission and at discharge and CGI-S scores at admission. Patients who had not participated in the walking group had a significantly lower score on a single measure, the CGI-S, than patients who had participated (p=0.001). Conclusions: This study showed no evidence that in-patients benefited from participating in the physical activity program. However, this must be  interpreted within the confines of a number of study limitations and, as such, the findings can neither support nor refute the effectiveness of physical activities.
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Language eng
Field of Research 111712 Health Promotion
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30007209

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