Structured Walking and Chronic Institutionalized Schizophrenia Inmates: A pilot RCT Study on Quality of Life

Siew Y im Loh, Amalina Abdullah, Abdul K adir Abu Bakar, Maniam Thambu, Nik Ruzyanei Nik Jaafar

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BACKGROUND: Lifestyle moderate-intensity physical activity can lower the risk of over twenty chronic health conditions, whilst inactivity reduces daily functioning and physical health of individuals living with schizophrenia. This study conducted in 2014 examines the effect of structured walking participation on QOL, psychosocial functioning and symptoms in Hospital Permai, one of the largest psychiatry institution in Asia

METHOD: Chronic patients with schizophrenia (n=104) who met inclusion criteria were randomised to either a 3-month structured walking intervention or a treatment-as-usual arm. The Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS), global functioning (PSP) and QOL (SF-36) were measured at baseline and after the 3-month interval.

RESULTS: At 3 month follow-up, there were significant within group differences in QOL (SF-36), psychiatric symptoms (PANSS), and personal and social performance (PSP). There were statistically significant increase in the median SF-36 scores, with increases shown in physical functioning (p

CONCLUSION: In long stayed chronic inmates, a simple but consistent, organized walking intervention has the potential to bring improvement in functioning, reduction in psychiatric symptoms and quality of Life. The emphasis of rehabilitation should target at lifestyle redesign intervention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)238-248
Number of pages11
JournalGlobal journal of health science
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes

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Structured Walking and Chronic Institutionalized Schizophrenia Inmates : A pilot RCT Study on Quality of Life. / Loh, Siew Y im; Abdullah, Amalina; Abu Bakar, Abdul K adir; Thambu, Maniam; Nik Jaafar, Nik Ruzyanei.

In: Global journal of health science, Vol. 8, No. 1, 01.01.2016, p. 238-248.

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Loh, Siew Y im ; Abdullah, Amalina ; Abu Bakar, Abdul K adir ; Thambu, Maniam ; Nik Jaafar, Nik Ruzyanei. / Structured Walking and Chronic Institutionalized Schizophrenia Inmates : A pilot RCT Study on Quality of Life. In: Global journal of health science. 2016 ; Vol. 8, No. 1. pp. 238-248.
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