Physio findings: Mental health, presenting at Physiotherapy UK

Find out how you could present your work at Physiotherapy UK 2015.

Mental health : activity eases the distress of schizophrenia

Physical activity is important for people with schizophrenia and can help to relieve their symptoms. But programmes need to be led by professionals and take the patients’ other health conditions into account, say physiotherapists who specialise in mental health.

‘This is a complex group,’ said one specialist. ‘You wouldn’t go and take a non-mental health patient group that were overweight, diabetics, at risk of a heart attack and let them start exercising without an assessment.’

Brendan Stubbs, of the University of Greenwich, and colleagues sent a survey to 480 members of the International Organisation of Physical Therapists in Mental Health.

Most of the 151 who responded believed physical activity was important, and three-quarters thought this should be led by physios. But only 30 per cent knew of any guidelines covering physical activity for people with schizophrenia.

Programmes should be tailored to meet each patient’s complex needs, said respondents.

Among the benefits of physical activity, various physios noted, were that patients became more relaxed, more capable of living ‘in the here and now’.

Physiotherapists, the authors say, ‘have the necessary knowledge and skills to lead and oversee the successful delivery of physical activity in patients with schizophrenia in clinical practice’. Stubbs B et al. The Assessment, Benefits and Delivery of Physical Activity in People with Schizophrenia. Physiotherapy Research International 2014.

Member benefit: tell other physios what you’re doing

Would you like other CSP members to know about your work? Some findings you’ve made, or an interesting project you’re involved in?

Now’s a chance to present your work to Physiotherapy UK 2015, on 16 to 17 October next year at the BT Convention Centre, Liverpool.

The CSP’s scientific committee is inviting members to send in an abstract – a brief summary of a report.

You don’t have to be an academic researcher or lecturer. This is open to members working in all areas, including clinical practice and management. As well as traditional scientific reports – original data collected by the authors – organisers will welcome ‘special interest reports’ on topics such as organisation or service delivery.

‘The programme has been designed to appeal to all members’ professions, including those engaged in clinical practice and management, as well as those involved in education and research,’ say the organisers.

They’re inviting abstracts of work on any of the event’s four themes; leading change; research into practice; workforce development; and public health, prevention and wellbeing.

If you are successful, you will have the choice of either speaking about your work or displaying it in the form of a poster, with photos or other graphics as well as text. The closing date for submitting abstracts is 19 January 2015. Find out more, including guidance on writing an abstract here.

Comments &   Conclusions

  • Obese people with binge eating disorder felt more fatigue and musculoskeletal pain after a walking test than obese people without the disorder. Researchers advised clinicians to take account of this, along with depression and low self-esteem, when developing exercise programmes for binge eaters. Vancampfort D et al. Disability & Rehabilitation 2014.
  • Patients are reported to follow instructions better and recover more fully if they take part in making decisions about their treatment. But a study of back-pain patients found that physiotherapists’ eagerness to treat the problem made it hard to share decision-making. Researchers called for further work to focus on implementing shared decision-making. Jones LE et al. European Spine Journal 2014.
  • Liver injuries caused by herbs and supplements taken for health increased from seven per cent to 20 per cent of all liver injuries caused by medicines, herbal remedies and dietary supplements in the past decade, a US study found. Middle-aged women had the most fatal or serious injuries. Navarro VJ et al. Hepatology 2014.
  • Surgery on a broken heel is no more effective than conservative treatment such as splinting, a randomised controlled trial of 143 patients has found. Both groups recovered slowly and, of the operation group, 19 per cent developed infections and 11 per cent needed further surgery. Griffin D et al. BMJ 2014.
  • The effects of stress hormones change as we age, making older people more likely to suffer from infections after painful events such as bereavement, researchers from the University of Birmingham have found. Vitlic A et al. Immunity & Ageing 2014.
Janet Wright

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