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The Influence of Exercise on Mental Health After Discharge From Hospital

This study has been completed.
Oslo University College
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Oslo University Hospital Identifier:
First received: September 10, 2010
Last updated: August 23, 2012
Last verified: August 2012

The aim of this study is to evaluate the effect of aerobic fitness training on mental health (health-related quality of life),cognitive and physical capacity in older people discharge from hospital and to assess if further aerobic training at home enhances the effect.

Design: Randomized controlled trial conducted at Oslo University Hospital, department of Medicine in conjunction with Oslo University College. The subjects will be randomized into one intervention group (training group) or one control group.

Outcome measure:

Health-related quality of life Physical function Cognitive capacity Physical activity Body composition Physical activity level

Condition Intervention
Quality of Life Other: Aerobic training

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: The Aim of the Study is to Evaluate the Effect of Aerobic Fitness Training on Mental Health (Health-related Quality of Life), Cognitive and Physical Capacity in Older People Discharged From Hospital.

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Further study details as provided by Oslo University Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Health-related quality of life. Short form Health Survey (SF-36, version 2 [ Time Frame: 3 and 12 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Senior fitness test, Cognitive capacity, PASE [ Time Frame: 3 and 12 months ]

Enrollment: 116
Study Start Date: January 2010
Study Completion Date: August 2012
Primary Completion Date: August 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: Training follow-up after discharge
Aerobic training Home-program
Other: Aerobic training
Group-based Aerobic Interval Training twice a week in 12 weeks, based on the Ulleval model. The Norwegian Ulleval Model is a group-based aerobic interval training program which is widely used in Scandinavian hospitals for patients with coronary disease. It is designed to improve physical capacity, body awareness and emotional well-being.
Other Names:
  • 1 intervention group
  • 1 control group no follow-up

Detailed Description:
Research has indicated that participation in a regular exercise program is an effective intervention to maintain and enhance cognitive and physical function in older individuals.Despite good evidence regarding the positive effects of exercise, a sedentary or inactive lifestyle is common among people over 65 years of old, especially among persons with chronic diseases. Research shows that good mental health and physical capacity is of vital importance for living independently in the community and we know that participation in physical activity offers good opportunities to extend years of active independent life. Nevertheless our knowledge is sparse regarding the evidence of effective programs for health promotion in groups of elderly, especially after discharge from hospital. Our knowledge is also sparse as to which intervention program is the most effective, group-based training or home- based training.

Ages Eligible for Study:   70 Years and older   (Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 70 years or older
  • Be able to perform the Timed Up and Go test without use of assistive device

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Chronic disease with expected lifespan < 1 year
  • Exercise regularly more than twice a week
  • Cognitive impairment MMS < 24
  • Assessed by a doctor not to tolerate aerobic exercises
  • Exercise limiting cardiovascular or musculoskeletal disease
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01204567

Oslo University Hospital
Oslo, Norway
Sponsors and Collaborators
Oslo University Hospital
Oslo University College
Principal Investigator: Therese Brovold, phd student no afflication
  More Information

Responsible Party: Oslo University Hospital Identifier: NCT01204567     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2009/184a
Study First Received: September 10, 2010
Last Updated: August 23, 2012

Keywords provided by Oslo University Hospital:
aerobic fitness
cognitive capacity processed this record on August 22, 2017