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Richter, Daniel; Riedel-Heller, Steffi; Breilmann, Johanna; Hasan, Alkomiet; Falkai, Peter; Kilian, Reinhold; Allgoewer, Andreas; Ajayi, Klemens; Baumgärtner, Jessica; Brieger, Peter; Frasch, Karel; Heres, Stephan; Jäger, Markus; Kuethmann, Andreas; Putzhammer, Albert; Schneeweiss, Bertram; Schwarz, Michael; Becker, Thomas; Kösters, Markus and Gühne, Uta (2022): Der subjektive Stellenwert von Bewegungs- und Sporttherapie bei Menschen mit schwerer psychischer Erkrankung in Deutschland. In: Fortschritte der Neurologie - Psychiatrie, Vol. 91, No. 5: pp. 191-198

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Purpose Assessing the experience with and the attitudes towards exercise therapy in persons with severe mental illness (SMI). Furthermore, potential variables of high preference towards exercise therapy are investigated. Methods Cross-sectional observational study of SMI patients aged between 18 and 65 years (n=385). Patients were interviewed by trained staff using standardised instruments. Potential variables were analysed using a hierarchic binary logistic regression model. Results 84,4% of SMI patients had a high preference for exercise therapy;of these, 44,1% exercised regularly. Among patients with severe mental illness especially a higher value in the GAF-assessment (p=0,041) and living in a metropolitan area (p=0,011) predict a high preference for exercise therapy. Conclusion Most of the patients with severe mental illness interviewed in this study place a surprisingly high value on sports and exercise therapy. Due to the increasing evidence with regard to positive effects of these therapies, it may be an excellent starting point to expand sports and exercise therapy as part of a comprehensive treatment plan. At the same time, strategies for everyday transfer need to be implemented more rigorously.

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