Journal article

Preferences of people with mental illness for engaging in exercise programs under COVID-19 restrictions

Justin J Chapman, Emily Hielscher, Sue Patterson, Nicola Reavley, Wendy J Brown, Marianne Wyder, Sarah Childs, Anneliese Russell, Shuichi Suetani, James G Scott



OBJECTIVES: People with mental illness may be vulnerable to decline in mental health and reduced physical activity because of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated restrictions. The aim of this study was to inform the design of physical activity interventions for implementation under these conditions to improve/maintain well-being and physical activity in this population. METHODS: People with mental illness who had participated in a physical activity program prior to the pandemic were invited to complete a survey about the impact of COVID-19 on mental health and physical activity and their preferences for engaging in a physical activity program under pandemic-related restrictions. RESULTS: Mo..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council Practitioner Fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

JJC is employed by PCYC Queensland as a program manager for the Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds program, from which the register of potential study participants was accessed. JGS is supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council Practitioner Fellowship (APP1105807).