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Improving Depressive Symptoms through Personalised Exercise and Activation (IDEA): Study Protocol for a Randomised Controlled Trial

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Mental Health Research Group, Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM), 08003 Barcelona, Spain
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Department of Psychiatry and Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Autonomous University of Barcelona, 08193 Barcelona, Spain
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Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Autonomous University of Barcelona, 08193 Barcelona, Spain
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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department, Hospital del Mar, Parc de Salut Mar, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
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Institute of Neuropsychiatry and Addictions, Hospital del Mar, Parc de Salut Mar, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
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Rehabilitation Research Group, Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM), 08003 Barcelona, Spain
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Centre for Biomedical Research in Mental Health Network (CIBERSAM), 28029 Madrid, Spain
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Department of Basic, Evolutive and Education Psychology, Faculty of Psychology, Autonomous University of Barcelona, 08193 Barcelona, Spain
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Academic Editors: Joan Trujols and Maria J. Portella
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(12), 6306; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18126306
Received: 26 April 2021 / Revised: 4 June 2021 / Accepted: 7 June 2021 / Published: 10 June 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Psychosocial Treatments in Routine Mental Health Care)
Individuals who suffer from depressive symptoms experience a substantial impact on psychosocial functioning, physical health, mortality, and quality of life. In the search for therapeutic strategies, exercise has been found to play a relevant part in its treatment. However, the promotion of exercise entails adherence difficulties that arose out of the tendency towards sedentarism led by symptomatology. Personalised exercise plans on top of usual care have the potential to enhance behavioural changes and mental health. The present study aims at evaluating the changes in functioning deriving from a blended intervention merging a psychological intervention with a personalised exercise programme based on medical assessment. We will conduct a three-arm randomised controlled trial in which 172 participants suffering from mild–moderate depressive symptoms will be allocated to Intervention A (personalised exercise group programme + app with motivational messages), B (personalised exercise group programme + app with no motivational messages) or control group (app with no motivational messages). Data regarding global functioning, well-being, symptoms, physical activity, and exercise capacity will be collected at baseline, 4, 12, and 36 weeks. The results of this trial will provide information about whether this physical activity support programme may be efficient for improving mental and physical health outcomes. Trial registration: ClinicalTrials.gov NCT04857944 (accessed on 15 April 2021). Registered April 2021. View Full-Text
Keywords: depressive symptoms; exercise; personalised medicine; blended intervention; transdisciplinary depressive symptoms; exercise; personalised medicine; blended intervention; transdisciplinary
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García-Estela, A.; Angarita-Osorio, N.; Alonso, S.; Polo, M.; Roldán-Berengué, M.; Messaggi-Sartor, M.; Mur-Mila, E.; Vargas-Puertolas, L.; Pérez, V.; Duarte, E.; Colom, F. Improving Depressive Symptoms through Personalised Exercise and Activation (IDEA): Study Protocol for a Randomised Controlled Trial. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 6306. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18126306

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García-Estela A, Angarita-Osorio N, Alonso S, Polo M, Roldán-Berengué M, Messaggi-Sartor M, Mur-Mila E, Vargas-Puertolas L, Pérez V, Duarte E, Colom F. Improving Depressive Symptoms through Personalised Exercise and Activation (IDEA): Study Protocol for a Randomised Controlled Trial. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(12):6306. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18126306

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García-Estela, Aitana, Natalia Angarita-Osorio, Sandra Alonso, Maria Polo, Maria Roldán-Berengué, Monique Messaggi-Sartor, Estanislao Mur-Mila, Laura Vargas-Puertolas, Víctor Pérez, Esther Duarte, and Francesc Colom. 2021. "Improving Depressive Symptoms through Personalised Exercise and Activation (IDEA): Study Protocol for a Randomised Controlled Trial" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 12: 6306. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18126306

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