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A small group aerobic exercise programme that reduces body weight is feasible in adults with severe chronic schizophrenia: a pilot study.
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PMID:  20950141     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
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Purpose. To evaluate the feasibility and effects of an exercise programme on people with severe, chronic schizophrenia. Method. A single-group, pre-post pilot study incorporating a baseline familiarisation phase was followed by a 24-week, small-group aerobic exercise programme for up to 30-min each session, twice a week and a 30-min weekly walking session. Adherence was assessed by attendance, and by analysing the exercise supervisor's comments in a programme diary and in each participant's exercise logbook. Body weight, cardio-respiratory fitness (VO(2) max), walking endurance (6-min walk test) and psychiatric symptoms (the Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale) were measured at each time point. Results. Eight participants (6 men, 2 women; mean age 45 years, 9 months (SD 10 years, 1 month); mean body mass index 27.0 (SD 4.2)) attended a mean of 73% of the scheduled exercise sessions, and 83% of the walking sessions, with no adverse events and no dropouts. All participants displayed positive and negative behaviours during training sessions. There were significant reductions in weight (2.4%) and body mass index (2.2%), but no changes in other measures. Conclusions. It was feasible and safe to conduct a small-group aerobic exercise programme for adults with severe chronic schizophrenia that reduced body weight.
Authors:
Karen J Dodd; Sean Duffy; Jan A Stewart; Jennifer Impey; Nicholas Taylor
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-10-15
Journal Detail:
Title:  Disability and rehabilitation     Volume:  33     ISSN:  1464-5165     ISO Abbreviation:  Disabil Rehabil     Publication Date:  2011  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-05-25     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9207179     Medline TA:  Disabil Rehabil     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1222-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Division of Allied Health, LaTrobe University, 3086, Australia.
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