Therapeutic Horseback Riding for ACT Patients with Schizophrenia
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One form of psychiatric leisure rehabilitation which has only recently been explored for individuals with schizophrenia is Therapeutic Horseback Riding (THBR). This study is the first to examine THBR for Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) patients with schizophrenia. A sample of 6 ACT patients with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder who reside in the community and 6 mental health care staff participated in 10 weeks of weekly horseback riding sessions with an experienced THBR instructor. Participating patients, staff and the THBR instructor were qualitatively interviewed at the start, during and at the end of the THBR program and these semi-structured interviews were analyzed for recurrent themes. We found that THBR benefitted this group of patients. In spite of our study’s limitations, such as its exploratory nature and the small sample size, it demonstrates that THBR has promise and should be further developed and studied for individuals with schizophrenia.
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- Therapeutic Horseback Riding for ACT Patients with Schizophrenia
Community Mental Health Journal
Volume 49, Issue 1 , pp 121-126
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- Schizoaffective disorder
- Therapeutic horseback riding
- Horseback riding
- ACT teams
- Psychiatric leisure rehabilitation
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- 1. Department of Psychiatry, University of Western Ontario, 1151 Richmond Street, London, ON, N6A 3K7, Canada
- 2. Psychosis Program, Regional Mental Health Care, 850 Highbury Avenue, London, ON, N6A 4H1, Canada