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A call to action: Exercise as treatment for patients with mental illness

journal contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Robert StantonRobert Stanton, S Rosenbaum, M Kalucy, P Reaburn, B Happell
Mental illness affects the lives of a significant number of Australians. In addition to pharmacological and psychological interventions, exercise has demonstrated benefits for people with mental illness including symptom reduction, improved cardiovascular risk profile and improved physical capacity. Unfortunately, evidence shows that clinician-delivered exercise advice is not routinely offered. This is despite patient acceptability for exercise. This article summarises the recent evidence supporting the prescription of exercise for people with mental illness and offers a model incorporating basic exercise prescription, and referral pathways for specialised advice. Current exercise prescription patterns for people with mental illness may not meet patient expectations; therefore, clinicians should consider exercise referral schemes to increase the accessibility of interventions for people with a mental illness.

History

Volume

September 2014

Start Page

16

End Page

20

Number of Pages

5

Location

Australia

Publisher

Exercise and Sport Science Australia

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

No

Open Access

Yes

External Author Affiliations

University of Sydney; Bondi Junction Community Health Centre

Era Eligible

No

Journal

Activate Magazine