Posts tagged ‘Research’

April 7, 2015

Exercise, Treatment Planning and Recommendation of Exercise by Therapists for Anxiety and Depression

Exercise & Tx Planning – Pilot Study-Kit Hill  Spreadsheet with Student-t scores and scatter plots indicating several comparisons based on collected data from survey.

As promised, this pilot study, done for one of our Academic Consulting & Editing Team clients, is finally here. While we had to make some small adjustments to make sure the data could be tabulated correctly, we found several interesting correlations.  Some results may surprise readers, while others may not.  Keep in mind that the sample size was small (N= 8) and that using personal networks is not the most random way of sampling. It is also important to note that most of the participants had been in practice a short time and some were still interns.  Please remember correlation does not necessarily mean causation.

1) Therapists that had did their own cardio/resistance work outs tended to be more likely to recommend physical exercise in general to their patients.

2) As for therapists who worked out, recommending exercise specifically for anxiety or depression, both symptoms were significantly correlated to recommendations, with anxiety at 0.69 significance and with depression receiving the most attention at a significance level of 0.85.

3) The study seems to indicate that most therapists are not concerned about getting training or knowledge in recommending physical exercise to patients. I can only speculate this is because most therapists, at least in this study, already see the value of making such recommendations.

While there is more data in the download above, suffice it to say that, the most significant indication is that therapists who work out seem more likely to recommend physical exercise for both anxiety and depression with depression coming in on top. This is also significant in indicating that therapists know what actually works either through their own personal experience, their observation of patients’ experiences and or research they’ve read or been exposed to. So it seems that encouraging therapists (and perhaps other allied health professionals) to work out may have a “domino” effect on patients who otherwise might miss the opportunity to learn about an effective way to upgrade their mental, as well as, physical health.

Kit Hill, Ed.D., LMFT  – Primary Researcher