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The Clinical Application of Horticulture Therapy in Psychiatric Rehabilitation

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified April 2009 by Far Eastern Memorial Hospital.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First Posted: June 3, 2009
Last Update Posted: June 3, 2009
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Far Eastern Memorial Hospital

Horticultural Therapy (HT) uses plants, gardening, and the close relationship between well-beings and plants. It integrates effort, hope, expectation, harvest and the enjoyment of whole process to help people with disabilities. During the process, patient can learn more about themselves and experience the nature.

It can be traced to 1798, Dr. B. Rush found farm work helped people with mental illness. Today, horticulture therapy is well applied in disabilities, elderly and children. It needs detailed evaluation for the condition of illness to achieve optimal efficacy. It contains two parts- to sense and to operate! Patients can relax themselves and learn to work with others, realize the responsibility of caring another life, understand their relationship with environment. Patient can tolerate frustration better via acceptance the withered plants. In cultivation, it trains patient the occupational technique ( to operate instrument), communication, social skill, independence, stable mood.

Based on studies, 0ne third patients with mental illness stabilized after treatment. However, aggressive rehabilitation is necessary to maintain their function. In our study, it plans to incorporate horticulture therapy into psychiatric clinical practice in our hospital. We plan to recruit horticulture therapist, visiting staffs, residents, occupational therapists and nurses to participate the design and operation in class.

This program will recruit patients with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, organic brain syndrome and other mental illness in our daycare. We will help patients with personal treatment record. We will use case study to report some typical cases. All the cases will be investigated qualitatively with intensive interview to explore the subjective experience on this therapy. We will also use simple questionnaire to found quantitative study in the further.

To sum up, this program helps the connection for horticulture therapy and psychiatric rehabilitation. It promotes " patient-centered" support and offers physical, mental , social, spiritual services. It not only produces academic performance but fulfills the ideal of holistic health care!

Condition Intervention
Horticulture Therapy in Psychiatric Rehabilitation Behavioral: Horticulture Therapy

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: The Clinical Application of Horticulture Therapy in Psychiatric Rehabilitation

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Further study details as provided by Far Eastern Memorial Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Qualitative interview and Questionnaire for satisfaction [ Time Frame: 1 year ]

Estimated Enrollment: 30
Study Start Date: April 2009
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Horticultural Therapy Behavioral: Horticulture Therapy
We will design courses of Horticultural therapy to provide to the Patients in Day Care Unit


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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 18~65 both sexes
  • Adequate daily function for horticultural activities
  • Day care patients or referred from OPD
  • Willing to accept and cooperate with H/T

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Substance abuser or PD
  • Severe suicide or harmful behaviors
  • Severe physical problem impeding horticultural activities
  • Lack of motivation for H/T
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00912249

Contact: Chun-lin Chen, MD, MA 886-2-89667000 ext 4918 dbchen@hotmail.com

Far Eastern Memorial Hospital Recruiting
Ban Chiao, Taiwan, 220
Contact: Chun-lin Chen, MD, MA    886-2-89667000 ext 4918    dbchen@hotmail.com   
Sponsors and Collaborators
Far Eastern Memorial Hospital
Study Director: Chun-lin Chen, MD, MA Far Eastern Memorial Hospital
  More Information

Responsible Party: Far Eastern Memorial Hospital
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00912249     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 098019-3
First Submitted: June 2, 2009
First Posted: June 3, 2009
Last Update Posted: June 3, 2009
Last Verified: April 2009

Keywords provided by Far Eastern Memorial Hospital:
Horticulture Therapy
Psychiatric Rehabilitation
Nature-assisted psychotherapy
Day Care