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Embedding an exercise professional within an inpatient mental health service: A qualitative study

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posted on 14.01.2020, 00:00 by H Fibbins, PB Ward, Robert Stanton, L Czsonek, J Cudmore, S Michael, Z Steel, S Rosenbaum
Background: Integrating exercise professionals into mental health settings is a key strategy in addressing the physical health inequalities of people living with mental illness. Workforce culture surrounding physical health may impact the utilisation of exercise professionals across inpatient settings. Aims: To evaluate clinician perspectives regarding the implementation of an exercise professional at the mental health service in a large, urban hospital in Sydney, Australia. Methods: A qualitative study using semi-structured interviews with a purposive sample of mental health staff was conducted. Data were analysed using thematic analysis. Results: Fourteen mental health clinicians (approximately 35% of all eligible staff) participated in interviews. Three themes emerged regarding the role of the exercise professional; i) drivers and facilitators; ii) support from leadership; and iii) directions for future practice. Conclusions: An exercise professional within a mental health service was identified as an effective strategy in improving consumer health outcomes while increasing the knowledge and confidence of mental health clinicians regarding the provision of physical health care. Exercise professionals should be recognised as important members of the standard multidisciplinary mental health team for in patients being treated for mental illness. © 2019 Elsevier Ltd

History

Volume

17

Start Page

1

End Page

7

Number of Pages

7

eISSN

1878-0199

ISSN

1755-2966

Publisher

Elsevier, Netherlands

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Acceptance Date

26/09/2019

External Author Affiliations

The Black Dog Institute; St. Vincent's Hospital, Sydney; Australian Catholic University; South Eastern Sydney Local Health District, NSW; UNSW Sydney; Liverpool Hospital and Ingham Institute of Applied Medical Research

Author Research Institute

Appleton Institute

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Mental Health and Physical Activity

Exports

CQUniversity

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