The current state of physical activity and exercise programs in German-speaking, Swiss psychiatric hospitals: results from a brief online survey

Brand, Serge; Colledge, Flora; Beeler, Nadja; Pühse, Uwe; Kalak, Nadeem; Sadeghi Bahmani, Dena; Mikoteit, Thorsten; Holsboer-Trachsler, Edith; Gerber, Markus (2016). The current state of physical activity and exercise programs in German-speaking, Swiss psychiatric hospitals: results from a brief online survey Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, 2016(12), pp. 1309-1317. Dove Medical Press 10.2147/NDT.S107313

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Physical activity and exercise programs (PAEPs) are an important factor in increasing and maintaining physical and mental health. This holds particularly true for patients with psychiatric disorders undergoing treatment in a psychiatric hospital. To understand whether the benefits reported in the literature are mirrored in current treatment modalities, the aim of the present study was to assess the current state of PAEPs in psychiatric hospitals in the German-speaking part of Switzerland.; All psychiatric hospitals (N=55) in the German-speaking part of Switzerland were contacted in spring 2014. Staff responsible for PAEPs were asked to complete an online questionnaire covering questions related to PAEPs such as type, frequency, staff training, treatment rationale, importance of PAEPs within the treatment strategy, and possible avenues to increase PAEPs.; Staff members of 48 different psychiatric hospitals completed the survey. Hospitals provided the following therapeutic treatments: relaxation techniques (100%), sports therapy (97%), activity-related psychotherapeutic interventions (95%), physiotherapy (85%), body therapies (59%), far-east techniques (57%), and hippotherapy (22%). Frequencies ranged from once/week to five times/week. Approximately 25% of patients participated in the PAEPs. Interventions were offered irrespective of psychiatric disorders. PAEP providers wanted and needed more vocational training.; All participating psychiatric hospitals offer a broad variety of PAEPs in their treatment curricula. However, the majority of inpatients do not participate in PAEPs. Furthermore, those who do participate cannot continue to do so following discharge. PAEP providers need specific extended vocational trainings and believe that the potential of PA should be improved.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

Swiss Federal Institute of Sports Magglingen SFISM > EHSM - Lehre und Sportpädagogik > Monitoring

Name:

Brand, Serge0000-0003-2175-2765;
Colledge, Flora;
Beeler, Nadja;
Pühse, Uwe;
Kalak, Nadeem;
Sadeghi Bahmani, Dena0000-0002-1301-5522;
Mikoteit, Thorsten;
Holsboer-Trachsler, Edith and
Gerber, Markus

ISSN:

1176-6328 (Print) 1178-2021 (Online)

Publisher:

Dove Medical Press

Language:

English

Submitter:

Admin import user

Date Deposited:

09 Dec 2020 16:06

Last Modified:

26 Sep 2021 02:18

Publisher DOI:

10.2147/NDT.S107313

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PubMed ID:

27350748

Uncontrolled Keywords:

German-speaking part of Switzerland Physical activity Psychiatric disorders Psychiatric hospitals Sport participation

ARBOR DOI:

10.24451/arbor.10944

URI:

https://arbor.bfh.ch/id/eprint/10944

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