Embedding an exercise professional within an inpatient mental health service : A qualitative study

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Fibbins, Hamish, Ward, Philip B., Stanton, Robert, Czsonek, Louise, Cudmore, Jeanette, Michael, Sarah, Steel, Zachary and Rosenbaum, Simon. (2019). Embedding an exercise professional within an inpatient mental health service : A qualitative study. Mental Health and Physical Activity. 17, p. Article 100300. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mhpa.2019.100300
AuthorsFibbins, Hamish, Ward, Philip B., Stanton, Robert, Czsonek, Louise, Cudmore, Jeanette, Michael, Sarah, Steel, Zachary and Rosenbaum, Simon
Abstract

Background
Integrating exercise professionals into mental health settings is a key strategy in addressing the physical health inequalities of people living with mental illness. Workforce culture surrounding physical health may impact the utilisation of exercise professionals across inpatient settings.

Aims
To evaluate clinician perspectives regarding the implementation of an exercise professional at the mental health service in a large, urban hospital in Sydney, Australia.

Methods
A qualitative study using semi-structured interviews with a purposive sample of mental health staff was conducted. Data were analysed using thematic analysis.

Results
Fourteen mental health clinicians (approximately 35% of all eligible staff) participated in interviews. Three themes emerged regarding the role of the exercise professional; i) drivers and facilitators; ii) support from leadership; and iii) directions for future practice.

Conclusions
An exercise professional within a mental health service was identified as an effective strategy in improving consumer health outcomes while increasing the knowledge and confidence of mental health clinicians regarding the provision of physical health care. Exercise professionals should be recognised as important members of the standard multidisciplinary mental health team for in patients being treated for mental illness.

Keywordsmental health; culture; exercise; staff; physical activity
Year2019
JournalMental Health and Physical Activity
Journal citation17, p. Article 100300
PublisherElsevier Ltd
ISSN1755-2966
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mhpa.2019.100300
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85072853604
Research or scholarlyResearch
Page range1-11
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Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online28 Sep 2019
Publication process dates
Accepted26 Sep 2019
Deposited24 Aug 2022
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