Increasing physical activity levels offers many mental health as well as physical health benefits for patients with SMI. With cardiovascular disease as the single highest cause of mortality in patients with schizophrenia between ages 45-74, it is even more imperative to help patients stay active and fit. Recent evidence also suggests some types of physical activity can help improve often challenging to treat cognitive symptoms associated with schizophrenia. But despite these benefits, engaging the SMI community in exercise has traditionally been difficult. The recent rise of fitness trackers and health apps offers one potential solution through presenting patients and clinicians with new tools and resources to increase physical activity. This presentation explores the latest evidence about SMI, physical activity, and digital technology with the goal of informing learners of the current evidence for what technology can and cannot yet do towards helping patients become more active. Topics covered also include when to suggest such as part of the treatment plan, what to expect in terms of patient engagement and response, how to safely monitor physical activity, and finally how to incorporate such into treatment plans.
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Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by Grant No. 1H79SM080818-01 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
- List three benefits of increasing physical activity in patients with SMI and three different mobile technologies that can help facilitate such.
- Assess at least two benefits and two risks of using technology to increase physical activity in SMI.
- Apply the four steps from the APA app evaluation model towards making a more informed decision about whether to use a certain exercise app, fitness tracker, or smartwatch with a patient who wants to become more physically active.
Counselor, Nurse/Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatrist, Physician (Non-psychiatrist), Physician Assistant, Psychologist, Peer Specialist/Peer Support
Estimated Time to Complete
Estimated Duration: 1.0 hour
Program Start Date: May 9, 2019
Program End Date: May 9, 2022
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Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™, ANCC contact hours, or a certificate of participation may do so by completing all sections of the course, including the evaluation. A multiple choice quiz is provided based on the content. A passing score of 75% must be achieved. Retakes are available for the test. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians), CNE certificate (nursing), or certificate of participation (non-physicians) showing the completion date and hours earned.
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Faculty and Planner Disclosures
- John Torous, MD, MBI. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School. Disclosure: Research Funding- Otsuka.
- Tristan Gorrindo, MD, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Donna Rolin, PhD, APRN. University of Texas at Austin. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Teri Brister, PhD, LPC, National Alliance on Mental Illness. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
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