An innovative approach to integrating physical activity (PA) into the management of mild-to-moderate depression (MMD) (Abstract only)

MACHACZEK, Katarzyna, GEE, Melanie, ALLMARK, Peter, WEICH, Scott, GOYDER, Elizabeth and SHEA, Mark (2018). An innovative approach to integrating physical activity (PA) into the management of mild-to-moderate depression (MMD) (Abstract only). Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 15 (S1), S54.

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Introduction: Physical activity (PA) has been shown to be as effective as medication or psychological therapies in reducing mild-to-moderate depression(MMD). Despite this, support for increasing PA is not routinely included in the management options offered to MMD patients. We therefore undertook a preliminary study to investigate the potential for the integration of PA into MMD management delivered within the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service. The study explored: the acceptability of integrating PA into MMD management amongst IAPT staff; the extent to which IAPT already integrates PA into MMD management; infrastructure and training needs of IAPT staff related to promoting PA engagement; and, patients’ experiences of barriers and enablers to PA initiation. Methods: In-depth interviews were conducted with eight IAPT staff(Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners and Cognitive Behavioural Therapists)and twelve individuals with MMD. Transcripts were analysed using[inductive/thematic] approach. Results: The integration of PA into MMD management were seen as enhancing treatment options and having the potential to improve recovery.For IAPT practitioners barriers included uncertainty about negative consequences;lack of time; limited links to local PA providers. For individuals,many personal, social, and cultural factors affected their ability to initiate PA; including the nature of the condition, but also the wider determinants of health such as socioeconomic status, physical and social environments. Conclusion: Whilst integration of PA in MMD management is seen as appropriate and feasible by both patients and practitioners, there are many wider and condition-related factors that will influence successful implementation.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: 7th International Society for Physical Activity and Health Congress, London, England, 15-17 October 2018
Uncontrolled Keywords: Public Health; 1106 Human Movement and Sports Sciences; 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
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Page Range: S54
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2019 13:04
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 03:02

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