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A long time getting home: Vietnam Veterans' experiences in a community exercise rehabilitation programme.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  14660196     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: We aimed to qualitatively evaluate the experiences of a group of 14 Australian Vietnam Veterans, including five who stated being diagnosed with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, participating in a 40-week exercise programme. METHOD: The veterans provided prospective feedback on perceptions, attitudes and opinions related to the programme via a series of three focus groups. A content analysis using the grounded theory approach was used to categorize the main themes to emerge from the transcribed data. RESULTS: The main findings included (a) the group's perceived lifestyle prior to participating in the programme, such as working long hours, social isolation and low motivation levels, (b) lifestyle and psychological changes as a result of the exercise programme, such as decreased anger levels, increased mental awareness, energy levels and daily resilience, and (c) increased social support. The veterans nominated the interaction and support arising from the classes, in addition to participation in the exercise per se, as being associated with the perceived benefits in personal lifestyle. CONCLUSIONS: The findings suggest that physical activity programmes set up within the community specifically for Vietnam Veterans may benefit them psychologically as well as physically.
Leanne Otter; Janet Currie
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Disability and rehabilitation     Volume:  26     ISSN:  0963-8288     ISO Abbreviation:  Disabil Rehabil     Publication Date:  2004 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-12-08     Completed Date:  2004-05-19     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9207179     Medline TA:  Disabil Rehabil     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  27-34     Citation Subset:  IM    
Faculty of Health Sciences, Australian Catholic University, NSW, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Activities of Daily Living / psychology
Employment / psychology
Exercise / psychology*
Focus Groups
Life Style
Middle Aged
Motor Activity
Program Evaluation
Prospective Studies
Quality of Life
Social Isolation
Social Support
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / psychology,  rehabilitation*
Veterans / psychology*

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