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Revista Portuguesa de Enfermagem de Saúde Mental

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GOMES, Eluana; BASTOS, Tânia; COSTA, Raquel  and  CORREDEIRA, Rui. Effect of a 24-week physical activity program in functional exercise capacity and level of physical activity in people with schizophrenia: a pilot study. Revista Portuguesa de Enfermagem de Saúde Mental [online]. 2017, n.18, pp.44-50. ISSN 1647-2160.

BACKGROUND: Schizophrenia is a most debilitating disease. In addition, much of this people had an unhealthy lifestyle, which includes insufficient daily physical activity levels. AIM: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of a 24-week physical activity (PA) program in functional exercise capacity and level of PA in people with schizophrenia. METHODS: Nine persons (five men and four women) with diagnose of schizophrenia participated for 24 weeks in a PA program. The program occurred twice a week, with 60 minutes per session. The evaluations occurred at baseline (M0), after 12 weeks (M1) and 24 weeks (M2). The functional capacity and the level of PA were evaluated through the 6-minute Walk Test and the InternationalPhysical Activity Questionnaire - Short Form,respectively. RESULTS: There were significant improvements in functional exercise capacity. Although there were no significant statistically differences, there was an increase in the level of PA and a reduction in waist and hip circumferences between M0 and M2. CONCLUSIONS: The results suggest that the PA program can promote a healthy lifestyle in people with schizophrenia.

Keywords : Schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders; Motor activity; Walking.

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