'Mind and body' : a lifestyle programme for people on antipsychotic medication

Jones, Amanda, Benson, Anthony, Griffiths, Sarah, Berk, Michael and Dodd, Seetal 2009, 'Mind and body' : a lifestyle programme for people on antipsychotic medication, Journal of evaluation of clinical practice, vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 276-280.

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Title 'Mind and body' : a lifestyle programme for people on antipsychotic medication
Author(s) Jones, Amanda
Benson, Anthony
Griffiths, Sarah
Berk, Michael
Dodd, Seetal
Journal name Journal of evaluation of clinical practice
Volume number 15
Issue number 2
Start page 276
End page 280
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2009-04
ISSN 1356-1294
1365-2753
Keyword(s) antipsychotic medication
mental health
lifestyle program
Summary Rationale Psychiatric illnesses such as schizophrenia and their treatments have consequences in terms of lifestyle, diet and weight.

Aims and objectives
‘Mind and Body’ is a 10-week programme of weekly sessions aimed to improve the health status of people treated with second generation antipsychotic medications.

Methods The programme focuses on a range of lifestyle strategies including diet and exercise and was conducted at a Community Health Centre by professionally qualified staff. Between 2002 and 2006, 50 participants enrolled in, and 30 completed the programme. Measures of body weight, health status (Short Form-36) and blood markets (plasma glucose, haemoglobin A1c and lipid profile) were collected at commencement and completion of the programme.

Results A modest improvement was demonstrated in mean values for the majority of measures collected.

Conclusions A lifestyle program for people treated with antipsychotic medications is achievable and may be worthwhile although gains may be modest.
Language eng
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, The Authors
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30035638

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Medicine
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