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The effect of exercise on psychological & physical health outcomes: preliminary results from a Norwegian forensic hospital.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18686595     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
People with mental illness are more likely to experience physical health problems and die prematurely than are comparable populations. This study evaluated whether exercise, when offered as part of routine treatment, affects the psychological and physical health of patients in a high-secure forensic unit in Norway. Thirteen patients completed a structured exercise program lasting 8 to 12 weeks. After completion of the program, resting heart rate and systolic blood pressure after treadmill testing were significantly improved. In addition, patients' subjective feelings of well-being and safety improved significantly. This study shows that structured exercise is possible to perform with noticeable improvements and low attrition among patients with complex conditions. Implications for future studies and practice are discussed.
Trine Tetlie; Norgils Eik-Nes; Tom Palmstierna; Patrick Callaghan; Jim A Nøttestad
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Evaluation Studies; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of psychosocial nursing and mental health services     Volume:  46     ISSN:  0279-3695     ISO Abbreviation:  J Psychosoc Nurs Ment Health Serv     Publication Date:  2008 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-08-08     Completed Date:  2008-10-03     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8200911     Medline TA:  J Psychosoc Nurs Ment Health Serv     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  38-43     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
St. Olavs University Hospital, Forensic Department, Trondheim, Norway.
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MeSH Terms
Attitude to Health
Blood Pressure
Exercise Test
Exercise Therapy / organization & administration*
Forensic Psychiatry*
Health Status*
Heart Rate
Hospitals, Psychiatric
Mental Disorders / complications,  psychology,  rehabilitation*
Mental Health*
Middle Aged
Obesity / diagnosis,  etiology,  prevention & control
Physical Fitness*
Program Evaluation
Statistics, Nonparametric

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