Title: Assessing the additional impact of fitness training in depressed psychiatric patients receiving multifaceted treatment: A replicated single-subject design
Authors: Van de Vliet, Peter ×
Onghena, Patrick
Knapen, Jan
Fox, K R
Probst, Michel
van Coppenolle, H
Pieters, Guido #
Issue Date: Dec-2003
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Series Title: Disability and Rehabilitation vol:16 issue:24 pages:1344-1353
Abstract: PURPOSE: Exercise has been put forward as a therapeutic means for the treatment of clinical depression. METHODS: In this study, 29 patients, all with diagnosed with mood disorder, completed daily measurements of depression and physical well-being during periods ranging from 77 to 436 days (M = 146.5). Fitness training was added to the treatment after a period and changes before (A-phase) and after (B-phase) the implementation of this training were the subject of investigation. Data were analysed by means of randomization tests with an AB-design and time-series analysis. Replication of the findings was investigated using Fisher's multiplicative method. RESULTS: Adding fitness training to the treatment of clinical depression does not systematically lead to changes in self-reported feelings of depression on top of benefits that may be due to other treatments. CONCLUSIONS: Since the present findings are not in agreement with previous studies, the absence of statistically significant changes in self-reported feelings of depression is discussed within the complexity of the 'exercise - depression' relationship in inpatient populations. These included the severity of their depression, the potential ceiling effect of a multifaceted treatment programme and the initial increase in depression due to the confrontational nature of the intervention.
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ISSN: 0963-8288
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Department of Rehabilitation Sciences - miscellaneous
Methodology of Educational Sciences
Research Group for Adapted Physical Activity and Psychomotor Rehabilitation
Research Group Psychiatry
University Centre Sint Jozef (-)
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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