Journal article

'Mind and Body': a lifestyle programme for people on antipsychotic medication

Amanda Jones, Anthony Benson, Sarah Griffith, Michael Berk, Seetal Dodd

JOURNAL OF EVALUATION IN CLINICAL PRACTICE | WILEY | Published : 2009

Abstract

RATIONALE: Psychiatric illnesses such as schizophrenia and their treatments have consequences in terms of lifestyle, diet and weight. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 'Mind and Body' is a 10-week programme of weekly sessions aimed to improve the health status of people treated with second generation antipsychotic medications. METHODS: The programme focuses on a range of lifestyle strategies including diet and exercise and was conducted at a Community Health Centre by professionally qualified staff. Between 2002 and 2006, 50 participants enrolled in, and 30 completed the programme. Measures of body weight, health status (Short Form-36) and blood markets (plasma glucose, haemoglobin A1c and lipid profile)..

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