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Prev Med. 2004 Dec;39(6):1200-7.

The association between physical exercises and health-related quality of life in subjects with mental disorders: results from a cross-sectional survey.

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Research Unit for Public Mental Health, Clinic for Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, Heinrich-Heine-University, Duesseldorf, Germany. schmitzn@uni-duesseldorf.de

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

The present study examines the relationship between health-related quality of life and physical activity among adults with affective, anxiety, and substance dependence disorders.

METHODS:

Analyses were conducted among participants in the German National Health Interview and Examination Survey (GHS), a nationally representative multistage probability survey, conducted from 1997 to 1999. Multiple linear regression analyses were used to determine the relationship between health-related quality of life and physical activity among subjects with mental disorders.

RESULTS:

Affective, anxiety, and substance dependence disorders were associated with substantial impairment in health-related quality of life. Higher levels of physical activity were associated with higher health-related quality of life among persons with mental disorders. Even after controlling for sociodemographic characteristics, physically inactive subjects reported poorer quality of life.

CONCLUSIONS:

Physical activity can be considered as beneficial for people suffering from mental disorders. The promotion of a physically active lifestyle is an important public health objective.

PMID:
15539056
DOI:
10.1016/j.ypmed.2004.04.034
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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